Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed former Huddersfield Giants second rower Jon Molloy on a deal until the end of 2014.
The 22-year-old, who came through the Wigan Warriors youth set-up, will go straight into Wakefield’s squad to take on Hemel Stags in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.
Molloy was set for a three-year stint with Salford City Reds after spending two years, and making five first-team appearances, at the John Smith’s Stadium but has instead opted for a move to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar tried to sign the player during his time as head coach of Hull FC and Molloy is raring to go in the red, white and blue.
“To be honest, I am over the moon. It’s good to get my life on track, push on and get some games under my belt,” he said.
“Rich (Agar) got in contact and said he’d seen me play a couple of times and he liked me and he wanted me before, and I’ve actually almost come here before and I’ve always thought about coming here.”
Molloy’s career had been put on-hold when he suffered a serious knee injury but he’s raring for a return to action, starting in this weekend’s cup tie.
“I’ve not played in a while with my injury but I’ll let my talking be done on the field and see what happens,” he commented.
“I can’t wait [for Saturday] and I’m overly excited because it’s been the longest period off I’ve ever had so I can’t wait for it.
“I will stay focused and it’s a game at the end of the day, I’ve done it before so I have to stay focused but I am overly excited.”
Agar tried to bring Molloy to Wakefield last season but failed in his attempt with Giants keen to hold on to him.
“He’s a player we’ve had our eye on for some time and monitored. I tried to sign him before for my previous club and we had a play for him last year but Huddersfield were reluctant to part company with him,” he said.
“Circumstances have changed and we’ve got him down and he’s been training with us and we’re really happy with the condition of him. He is a player that given time will develop into a regular first grade Super League player.
“He’s a second rower and plays on the edge mostly and I feel he’s a player that’s got plenty of line breaking ability. I think he’s an aggressive player as well. It’s important for him now after a period out of the game through injury to get back on the field and get some game time and get him used to how we operate at Wakefield.”