Kear hails Wakefield Wildcats youngsters

Matt Wildie
Matt Wildie

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear believes the future of the club is bright, judging by the quality of young players at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The Cats’ rising stars are catching the eye of Kear ahead of Wakefield’s Super League XVI clash with Warrington Wolves tomorrow, Friday, and they are staking their claim for a place in the starting squad.

Wildcats reserves have won their opening two games in the Valvoline Cup and last week’s 36-20 win over Bradford Bulls demonstrated the talent of the club’s young guns.

New signing Greg Johnson was “a handful on the wing”, according to Kear while 20 year-old Matt Wildie bagged a hat-trick and six goals in a superb individual display.

Their reward is a place in the Wildcats’ 19-man squad for tomorrow’s Super League game and Kear has been encouraged by the form of the club’s second string, saying: “The performance of the reserves shows that we have a great batch of youngsters and of the 13 starters last week, 10 would qualify for the U23s team.

“There is a real quality in our young players and that is of long-term benefit to the club.”

The Wildcats boss is looking to build on his team’s improved performance against the Bulls, despite losing the round four game 40-18 last weekend, but recognises the quality of opposition he is about to face.

Wolves demonstrated their Super League XVI credentials with an impressive 40-24 win over Leeds Rhinos last week and Kear said: “The quality of their players is very high and they are also very well coached.

“I enjoy watching Wolves and you have to credit them for investing [in players] so wisely.”

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