Agar targets quality in rebuilding Wakefield Wildcats squad

Richard Agar
Richard Agar

NEW Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has put the emphasis on finding quality players as he begins his reign at the club.

The former Hull FC boss spoke to the Wakefield Express shortly before departing for Australia last week and while he admitted that the Wildcats first-team roster “needed immediate attention”, Agar is focused on building a squad of based on quality, rather than quantity.

He said: “To be honest the roster needs some work. There is a bit of wheeling and dealing to be done but I have a genuine belief that with what is available to spend on the salary cap, you can put a competitive team together.

“We will need to make some judgement calls. We will have to get the right people in and establish our own culture.

“When I joined the club, I felt that the roster was a bit bottom heavy. Making sure you have an equal spread of talent within the pay structure is key to how well your team is going to do.

“There will be some short-term signings but the sooner we can get in guys who we know can do the job on a longer-term basis the better.

“We have a couple of players coming in from overseas that will really help us.”

He added: “Our squad won’t be massive. The aim for me is to get as much quality as possible and back ourselves with some bargain basement signings as well as young players.

“The aim initially is to make us as competitive as possible with the right people who can set the culture, tones and attitudes we want within the club.”

Read today’s Wakefield Express to read more of our exclusive interview with Richard Agar.