Agar backing McShane to shine

Wakefield Wildcats' head coach Richard Agar is backing close-season signing Paul McShane to develop into a key player.

Agar brought in the Rhinos hooker as a replacement for fans' favourite Paul Aiton, who made the switch to Headingley Carnegie during the off-season.

McShane was utilised largely are a substitute by the Rhinos, but Agar believes being a regular starter for Wakefield will benefit the 24-year-old.

Agar is of the firm belief that McShane's best years are ahead of him and is hopes the Leeds-born hooker can become a big influence in their dressing room.

"I am confident we have got a really good player," Agar told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "He is going to bring a different dimension to what Paul Aiton did.

"We were pretty devastated to lose Paulie, who was probably our best and most consistent player for the last two years. He was a popular member of the playing group, but Paul [McShane] will bring some different qualities.

Different options

"He is a skilful player, very good as a dummy-half, he is a creative player and his kicking game will give us some different options.

"We have got to get used to him and work out what's the best way to utilise him, but he is definitely a guy who will benefit from playing week-in and week-out.

"His place in Leeds' pecking order wasn't the same as it is with us. We are really pleased to have him here and hopefully he can go on and become a major player for us.

"He has certainly got the attributes to do that and the time's right in his career, as a 24-year-old with 60-odd senior games under his belt.

"Hopefully his game can flourish with the different sort of status he will carry in our group. We have spoken about that and he has talked about wanting to develop into a leader."