HEAD coach Richard Agar has named a strong Wakefield Wildcats squad to take on Leeds Rhinos in the Heatshot Festive Challenge on Boxing Day (kick-off 11.30am).
Marquee signing Justin Poore is set for his first appearance in a Wakefield shirt while fellow new arrivals Reece Lyne and Bobbie Goulding are also expected to feature at Headingley Carnegie.
Matty Wildie has made a swift return from injury to be included in the squad but Oliver Wilkes, Kyle Amor, Frankie Mariano and Andy Raleigh are all absent.
Young prop James Healy, a former Leeds Scholarship player, has also been named in the Wildcats squad.
Wildcats squad: Richard Mathers, Peter Fox, Dean Collis, Lee Smith, Ben Cockayne, Paul Sykes, Tim Smith, Justin Poore, Paul Aiton, Kyle Trout, Ali Lauitiiti, Danny Kirmond, Danny Washbrook. Subs from: Kyle Wood, Vince Mellars, Danny Cowling, Reece Lyne, Lucas Walshaw, Bobbie Goulding, Matty Wildie, Adam Slater, James Healy.
Rhinos squad: Jimmy Watson, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jimmy Keinhorst, Joel Moon, Joe Vickery, Danny McGuire, Paul McShane, Darrell Griffin, Liam Hood, Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Chris Clarkson, Brad Singleton. Subs: Mitch Achurch, Liam Sutcliffe, Jordan Baldwinson, Josh Sunley, Liam McAvoy, Alex Foster.
See this week’s Wakefield Express for a preview of Wildcats’ Boxing Day clash with Leeds Rhinos.