WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats are in talks with Leeds Rhinos to sign highly-rated young prop Brad Singleton on a season-long loan.
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has been searching for a British prop to bolster his forward options and has turned his attentions to the Cumbrian after missing out on Singleton’s more experienced team-mate Ian Kirke.
The 20-year-old did plenty to endear himself to Agar with two tries for Leeds in their 40-26 Heatshot Festive Challenge win over Wakefield on Boxing Day.
And the Wildcats boss hopes a deal can be struck before his men jet off for the training camp in Portugal on Saturday, January 5.
“We’re in talks with Leeds and Brad at the moment and it’s a case of ‘watch this space’”, he said.
“It’s been well documented that we targeted Ian Kirke and we’ve had to change our targets since then to get the strength in depth that I want in the squad.
“We especially need that at the start of the season with players like Kyle Amor, Oliver Wilkes and Frankie Mariano coming back to fitness.
“Brad is a young guy but for his age he looks very good and hopefully we can get him in.”
He added: “Our preference is to sign him in time for (going to) Portugal and we’d obviously be delighted if that happened.”
Ideally, Wakefield want the England Academy captain on a season-long deal but talks are currently on-going between all parties.
“That’s the plan,” said Agar when asked about whether he wants the youngster for the full season.
“Whether Leeds will want to let him go for the season or whether they want to let him go on a shorter deal I’m not too sure but we’ll see how those talks go.”
Rhinos are understood to be keen on sending the player, who can also play loose-forward, to another Super League club on a loan deal to give him more experience at the top level with chances currently limited at Headingley Carnegie.
Singleton enjoyed a spell at Co-operative Championship side Dewsbury Rams last season on a dual registration deal.
He has played just twice for the Rhinos, coming off the bench once in each of the last two Super League seasons for Brian McDermott’s side.
Wildcats enjoyed similar success in the loan market with a Rhinos youngster when prop Kyle Amor joined on loan in 2011 before signing a permanent three-year deal at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
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