Wildcats start squad rebuilding with Ellis signing

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats have started work on building a new squad for 2012 by announcing the signing of Andy Ellis from Harlequins.

The former Barrow Raiders hooker, who has been a regular for the Twickenham Stoop club this season, has penned a three-year deal at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, starting from next season.

The 23-year-old was named Man of Steel in 2009 during his days playing for Barrow in the Championship and he can’t wait to pull on the red, white and blue next term.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity ahead of me. With the fantastic Super League news last week, there really is a sense of a start of something new at the club and I’m delighted to be a part of that.”

“I can’t wait to begin training with the team in the pre season and begin this new challenge. I’m confident that Wakefield are a team that will go far next year and I would like to thank Andrew Glover and James Elston for giving me this opportunity.”

Chief Executive James Elston added: “Andy is a great signing for us. His experience in the hooking role will be an asset to the side next year and his ability to cross over the line will be a further boost.”

“I am certain that we will see great things from this player and I am delighted that he has committed himself to the club for the next three years.”

Ellis’s arrival at Belle Vue could support recent rumours that current Wakefield playmaker Julien Rinaldi is expected to leave the club at the end of the season - ironically with Harlequins linked with his services.

Wildcats have also confirmed that more news on signings is expected this week.

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