Wakefield Wildcats close to making Hull FC youngster first close-season signing

WINGING IN: Hull FC youngster Reece Lyne is set to be Wakefield Wildcats' first close-season capture
WINGING IN: Hull FC youngster Reece Lyne is set to be Wakefield Wildcats' first close-season capture

HULL FC’s versatile youngster Reece Lyne is expected to become Wakefield Wildcats’ first signing of the close season.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for a number of weeks and confirmed on his Twitter account this week that he is Wakefield bound.

It is understood the final details of the deal are still to be completed but Lyne, who Wakefield head coach Richard Agar will know well from his time at the KC Stadium, is set to pull on the red, white and blue in 2013.

The Airlie Bird, who started his career as a jet-heeled winger and represented England Academy before being used at centre and full-back, failed to feature for Hull’s first team in 2012 but has 12 Super League appearances to his name.

His arrival would be the first of “four or five” signings Wildcats chief executive James Elston told Express Sport the club are looking at for next season.

The squad restructuring has already started for 2013 with Wakefield this week confirming the departure of four players.

Hull FC have confirmed the capture of out-of-contract prop Paul Johnson on a two-year deal, as reported in last week’s Express.

Wildcats had offered the 24-year-old former St Helens man a new deal to remain in the Merrie City but Johnson has instead opted for a move to the KC Stadium.

Hooker Andy Ellis has joined Co-operative Championship neighbours Featherstone Rovers, where he enjoyed a loan stint this term, for 2013.

Wildcats have also confirmed youngsters Dale Morton and Russ Spiers will leave when their contracts expire later this year.

Winger Morton has already agreed a move to Glenn Morrison’s Dewsbury Rams for 2013.

Three dual-contracted Wakefield starlets could be in Co-operative Championship 1 Grand Final action in Warrington on Sunday.

Lucas Walshaw, Danny Cowling and Russ Spiers have all helped Doncaster to a final clash against Barrow Raiders.

James Davey could also feature for Sheffield Eagles in their Championship Grand Final against Featherstone Rovers.

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