Wakefield Wildcats boss Agar chases signings from Bradford Bulls

Paul Sykes
Paul Sykes

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar admits that he has contacted Bradford Bulls with a view to signing players from the financially troubled club.

Agar has sympathy for the Bulls following their descent into administration, saying: “It’s a difficult one for them. Most people in rugby league will hope that they can find a solution and work their way through it.

“They have been a very successful team, a prominent name in the history of rugby league and I am sure that everybody is hoping they can find a solution that will see them survive.

“A lot of our concerns are for the players and the uncertainty they have at the moment.”

One of those Bradford players is Paul Sykes, on loan at Wakefield but now facing an uncertain future. While Agar admits he has yet to talk to Sykes regarding his future, the Wildcats boss is hoping that he may be able to bring the 30 year-old to the club on a permanent basis.

Agar said: “We think Paul has done really well for us. He has settled in and found a new lease of life.

“He has helped with our form. Some of the things he brings to the table have really helped our team and we are hoping to make the deal permanent.

“I guess if Paul is a Bulls players he is in the hands of the administrator at the moment so he could be subject to bids and his contractual situation is probably up in the air.”

Agar also revealed he has explored the possibility of signing other players at Odsal, saying: “It’s a tough spot for Bradford to be in and I am sure the players are wanting to look after themselves and their families.

“Maybe some of their players will be subject to bids form other clubs.

“We have had a look. I am not going to deny that we have made enquiries on two or three of their players to see what the status is and what it would cost to get them.”

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