Three players are set to make their Wakefield Trinity Wildcats debuts in Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round clash with Hemel Stags.
New signing Jon Molloy has been included in Richard Agar’s 19-man squad to face the Kingstone Press Championship 1 side while Wildcats U19s duo Ben Shulver and Daniel Maskill are also set to get their first team bow.
Shulver plays at prop and Maskill, the son of former Wakefield player Colin, is a hooker. Both players have impressed Agar enough to warrant a place in his first-team squad.
The Wildcats boss has rotated his squad as expected, with eight players having featured for Wakefield’s youth set-up, but there is still plenty of first-team experience in there.
Justin Poore will return to action following his suspension last weekend and will captain the side, but Paul Sykes misses out with a head injury. The stand-off is expected to be fine for next Friday’s Super League trip to Widnes.
“Ben Shulver will play first grade this week and he’s been training alongside us for four or five weeks. Dan Maskill will play off the bench as well who is Colin’s son,” said Agar.
“I was really impressed with what he’s done and with Paul Sykes’ injury we were looking for another pivot so Paul’s injury has provided another opportunity for another young kid.
“I think we’ll have three debutants this week if all goes to plan for the rest of the week. We have got one or two tiny question marks over a couple of players that we expect to turn out but at this moment we are not quite sure.
“We feel we are in a position where we can rotate a little bit and give some blokes who have undoubtedly earned a rest over the last month.”
Bobbie Goulding is the only player ineligible to feature for Wakefield in the cup after featuring for Dewsbury Rams in the last round.
Wildcats: L Smith, T Smith, Poore, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano, Trout, Mellars, Lyne, Wildie, Cowling, Walshaw, Kay, Molloy, Shulver, Maskill.