Triple signing delights Agar as young Warrington Wolves half-back is next on radar

NEW DEAL: Danny Cowling has penned a new one-year deal with Wakefield
NEW DEAL: Danny Cowling has penned a new one-year deal with Wakefield

HEAD coach Richard Agar says he is “comfortable” with where his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats squad is at for 2013 after finalising deals for three players over the last seven days.

Wildcats announced the impressive signing of New South Wales prop Justin Poore from Parramatta Eels on a two-year deal last Friday and followed it up with a permanent two-year contract for last season’s loan star Richie Mathers.

Agar is also confident in his young guns, with Danny Cowling penning a new one-year contract at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for 2013.

Cowling helped Doncaster win the Co-operative Championship 1 Grand Final last season on a dual registration deal and Agar is confident the South Elmsall-born centre can push for first-team action next year.

“If he continues this upward curve he will continue to put pressure on the guys in front of him and take his chance when it comes,” he said.

“It is pleasing for us that we have some guys coming through our system and beginning to show us that they are ready for a shot at the top level.”

At the other end of the spectrum 27-year-old Poore will add power and aggression to the Wildcats’ forward line and Agar would ideally like to add another British player to his forward options.

“Justin is an out-and-out front-rower who’ll add more aggression and punch to us,” said Agar.

“He’s a significant signing for us and what pleased me was that Justin had a real desire to join us.”

He added: “Ideally I’d like to add another forward but it all depends if one becomes available who suits us and who fits in to our budget.

“I’m comfortable with what we’ve got at the moment.”

The ’Cats boss says only minor tweaking is required to his squad and he is hoping one of the final pieces in the jigsaw is 19-year-old half-back Bobbie Goulding Jr, son of the former Wakefield player.

“We’ve had talks with Bobbie and his dad but he’s gone on holiday for a few weeks,” said Agar.

“The club just needs to discuss terms with them but hopefully it’s a deal we can get done.

“There’s a real dearth of young British half-backs who are also good goalkickers so it would be a good addition for us.”

Goulding has been playing for the Warrington Wolves Academy.

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