Agar eyes more fresh faces

Wakefield Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has confirmed he would still like to bring in new players ahead of the new 2014 Super League season.

Agar has been busy in the transfer market during the close season, landing no less than six new players, although that number is still down on the 11 signed-on players who have left.

Wakefield have brought in the likes of ex-Leeds Rhinos duo Paul McShane and Richard Moore, Daniel Smith along with overseas recruits Pita Godinet, Scott Anderson and Matt Ryan.

However, Agar, who has been linked with a move for Rhinos Germany international centre Jimmy Keinhorst, remains wary that he still have a few holes in the team.

"We have got a couple of spots left," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "We aren't going to entirely tick every box on our wish list.

"I would like to bring another senior front-rower in and at the moment we are light in the outside-backs. I would like to bolster us with another outside-back and perhaps another pivot if our budget allows.


"Having players come in late is not ideal and it's going to be a challenge, but I think at the end of the day - given the circumstances we've had and the timescale we've had to do it - we are going to end up with a competitive team on the park."

Wakefield showed a little about what is to come in the New Year with a credible 18-all draw against the Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie on Boxing Day.

It proved a difficult financial year for the Wildcats in 2013, however, Agar remains upbeat ahead of the new season.

"It could be worse - it is not all doom and gloom at the moment," he continued.

"Three months ago there might have been a bit of doom and gloom, but now - completely discounting what happened on Boxing Day - I think we are in a pretty good spot, considering the upheaval and the challenges the club's had to face.

"Recruiting after everybody else has finished, we've been able to get what we feel are bargains again. Getting value for money is always going to be key for us."