WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have confirmed the signing of young Leeds Rhinos prop Brad Singleton on an initial two-month loan deal.
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has been keen to bolster his front-row options throughout the close season and the 20-year-old Cumbrian, who scored twice in Rhinos’ 40-26 victory over Wakefield on Boxing Day, fits the bill.
It is understood Agar wanted to take the Barrow Island youth product on a season-long deal and the two-month spell could be extended if agreed by all parties.
“We needed to bring in one more prop to add some depth to that area of our squad and we are happy we have been able to bring in Brad,” said Agar.
“He is a young lad with a very bright future and he will certainly bring competition for places and will complement our pack.
“He will be going to Portugal with the rest of the boys and he’s here for two months so he has time to prove himself and I feel he will make an impact because he is a talented young forward.”
Singleton is highly-rated by the Rhinos and is keen to continue his development in Super League after impressing in the Championship with Dewsbury Rams last season.
“I need to be playing Super League because that’s the next step of my career,” he said.
“I feel I’m ready and it’s what I need to do for my own career to progress.
“My time at Dewsbury was spot on and something I really benefited from. It was such a good experience to go out and play some first team rugby which is what I am striving to do.
“I wanted more games at the Rhinos but with the run we had I struggled to get in the side so that’s why I’m after more games in 2013.”
The prop, who can also play at loose-forward, took part in his first Wakefield training session today and will travel with the rest of the squad for the warm weather training camp in Portugal on Saturday.
“We have a good forward pack here and it’s going to be a big challenge to get into the side but that’s my aim is to battle with some very good props,” Singleton added.
“I know ‘Marra’ [Kyle Amor], he needs a haircut but there’s a few like Lee Smith, Ali Lauitiiti, Reece [Lyne] and Bobby [Goulding] so there’s a lot of familiar faces which makes it so much easier to slot into the group.”
He has been handed the no.23 shirt and could get his first Wakefield outing when Featherstone Rovers visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for a trial match on Sunday, January 13.
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