Wakefield Wildcats close to new signing after missing out Leeds Rhinos forward Ian Kirke

WANTED MAN: Wakefield Wildcats missed out on signing Ian Kirke

WANTED MAN: Wakefield Wildcats missed out on signing Ian Kirke

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats are close to signing a new forward after missing out on Leeds Rhinos player Ian Kirke.

Wildcats boss Richard Agar has admitted Kirke, who is set to play against Wakefield in next Wednesday’s Boxing Day trial match, was his “no1 target” to bolster his forward options. But the 30-year-old has committed his immediate future to the Rhinos, leaving Agar to turn his attentions elsewhere.

Talks are already “down the line” with another player, however, and Wakefield hope to have the new addition on the plane to Portugal on Saturday, January 5, for the club’s pre-season training camp.

“We held talks with Ian Kirke, his representatives and Leeds but after speaking with them it was obvious that he wanted to stay there for the time being,” said Agar.

“We had to set our sights elsewhere and we’re now down the line in talks with another guy. I’m pretty certain we will have him here before we go to Portugal.”

Wildcats’ overseas quota is currently full and Agar confirmed the player in question will be non-quota.

The ’Cats boss has been looking for another forward option throughout the close season and the next arrival is set to complete his squad for 2013.

“I’m happy with the squad as it stands but another signing will add strength in depth and some more competition for places,” Agar said. “The budget has obviously determined who we can and cannot bring in bit I’m pleased overall at how things have gone.”

See this week’s Wakefield Express for a full preview of Wakefield’s Boxing Day trip to Leeds Rhinos.