A trio of Wakefield Wildcats’ hot prospects enjoyed the experience of first-team action in Sunday’s trial game victory at Doncaster.
Brad Day, Matt Cook and Tom Rogers were all handed run-outs by Wakefield head coach Richard Agar in the second half of the 44-4 win at the Keepmoat Stadium.
And Agar says the club’s under-19s players, although a way off breaking into Wildcats’ first-team squad, should use the experience to push them towards a bright future at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
“It’s just a terrific experience for those guys to be in and around the first team environment amongst the top squad,” said Agar.
“They get to see how they prepare and what it’s all about and playing in a genuine game rather than age group football.
“Those kids are young and inexperienced and full of potential. They’re a little bit off being first graders yet but we know Stuart [Dickens] and Ryan [Hudson] will do a good job with them.
“We’re hoping Healy and Day in particular. Day has been on camp [in Portugal] and Cookey and Tom got a little taster of today, can take back some of those experiences and pass them through the squad and see that there’s a pathway there for them if they get the job done at that level.”
Cook, a former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School rugby union player, and Rogers, who came through the Westgate Wolves ranks, occupied the Wakefield wings, with the latter scoring Wakefield’s final try of the match.
Day, a powerful forward, also featured to build on the experience of travelling with the first-team squad for the warm weather camp in Portugal earlier this month.
All three could be involved for Wakefield U19s when they open their season at their Bradford Bulls counterparts on Thursday night.