TWO important deadlines are looming for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats both on and off the pitch.
John Kear still hopes to sign an overseas player but faces a race against time to complete the deal before 5pm today, Friday.
As reported in last week’s Wakefield Express, Trinity had all-but sewn-up the signing but were awaiting UK Border Agency approval and the green light from the Rugby Football League (RFL). But that approval has yet to materialise.
Kear explained: “Everything is agreed but it is in the hands of the authorities and we have done everything we can do. We are hopeful that it all goes through in time but if it doesn’t then we will not be able to sign him until the end of the season.”
Kear is yet to reveal the identity of the player but 27-year-old Samoan Jack Afamasaga has been linked with Wakefield.
Another important milestone is approaching in the Wildcats’ bid to boost its club membership and improve the club’s chances of attaining a renewed Super League licence.
The RFL will announce which clubs have been awarded licences later this month and over the past month, Trinity have been working to take membership beyond the 5,000 mark with the introduction of the Club 1873 scheme.
Take-up to join the entry-level membership scheme, which offers a weekly draw of £500 and various benefits, has been encouraging but the club is planning a final push to exceed the target of recruiting 1,873 members by the beginning of next week.
Membership manager Mark Wildie said: “We are so close to getting to the initial target of 1,873 members. With one last push I firmly believe that we can hit the target by 5pm on Sunday.
“We really do need every supporter to come forward to show their colours. We are asking that all founder members introduce a friend to Club 1873 at the Wildcats’ Valvoline Cup game at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.”
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