WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have signed experienced full-back Richard Mathers on a season-long loan from Super League rivals Castleford Tigers.
The 28-year-old penned the deal at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium today to become head coach Richard Agar’s latest addition to a much-changed Wakefield side for 2012.
Mathers will be eligible to feature against the Tigers and Castleford have no recall option in the deal.
The England international is well aware of the rivalry between Wakefield and Castleford, as well as Leeds Rhinos, where he started his career, but is eager to get started and impress the Belle Vue faithful in the red, white and blue.
“I haven’t got the best history have I having played for both Leeds and Castleford!” he said.
“But I’d like to think if I’ve got the Wakefield shirt on and I’m doing my job which is giving everything in what I do on and off the field.
“I’ll have to earn their respect like every player but it’s exciting times and I’m looking forward to getting started.
He continued: “I think it’s understandable that people are getting excited with the quality that has been signed and Richard [Agar] and the coaching staff are new as well.
“I think expectation will be quite high to start with but I think realistically, although we’ll be doing everything we can to meet those expectations, I think it’s going to take time and it’s something that will grow over the course of the season and the pre-season friendlies will help massively.”
Mathers made his name coming through the ranks with the Rhinos before spending a short, injury-plagued stint in the NRL with Gold Coast Titans.
He returned to Super League to play for Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves before Castleford signed him up for the start of the 2011 season.
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