Wakefield Wildcats secure Smith deal

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have agreed a deal to sign Australian half-back Tim Smith subject to a successful visa application.

As reported in last week’s Express, the former Cronulla Sharks and Wigan Warriors man has agreed a one-year contract at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Wakefield head coach Richard Agar has been keen to bolster his options at half-back and Smith adds to the signings of Isaac John and Kyle Wood.

“Tim is a very talented player and we’re delighted to have him as part of the squad for 2012,” said Agar.

“He’s obviously played in Super League before so he knows what it’s all about and he’s coming here wanting to get back playing regularly and playing to his undoubted ability, and I know he is determined to make the most of this move.

“We’ve got new options with Tim, Isaac John and Kyle Wood in the halves and that competition for places can bring the best out of all three which can only be beneficial for us next season.”

The 26-year-old started his professional career at Parramatta Eels and picked up the 2005 Dally M Rookie of the Year award

His performances impressed Wigan, who brought him over to play in Super League before eventually returning back to the NRL with Cronulla.

But after limited first-team chances with the Sharks he’s keen to get more time out on the pitch in the red, white and blue of Wakefield.

“I’ve been in England before but I think now is a better time for me to come across and I’m happy to be coming to Wakefield,” said Smith.

“I’ve spoken to Richard [Agar] about his plans for next year and I’m looking forward to being part of the team.

“I think having played in Super League before will work in my favour because I’ve got an idea of what to expect. My family are also coming over with me this time which I think will make a big difference for me personally.”

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