FOLLOWING the loan signing of Leeds Rhinos’ Lee Smith, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar is hopeful that Smith’s stay at the club may turn out to be a long-term one.
Smith’s contract at Headingley expires at the end of the season but Agar thinks there will be fierce competition for Smith’s signature, saying: “I would love to think that Lee is maybe a long-term option for us but if a time came when he was up for grabs there would be plenty of people in for him.
“To get him on a month’s loan is really important but I would like to think we can make a good impression on him and he will certainly help us out on the field.”
Agar revealed that he is hoping to strengthen his side further in the future. He said: “It is ongoing. We are looking to strengthen up front that’s for sure and we are probably going to try to bring more depth into our outside backs.
“We are not after too many people on the open market. We are talking to a couple of clubs about players who have time left on their contracts but for whatever reason their clubs have recruited or have salary cap issues.
“The open market has got silly at times this year. We are not able to compete with the top six or seven clubs and the cash thrown about there.”
He added: “I don’t think we need that much [to improve the squad]. We need the right people in the right areas but I don’t envisage making heaps of signings.
“If we get the right people of the right quality that will be enough for us to further progress and find our way up the ladder next year.”
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