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Wildcat heads Down Under

Wakefield reserve second rower Adam Slater has become the latest youngster to quit England and try his luck in Australia.

The 20-year-old, who has yet to make his Super League debut but played for the Wildcats in their Boxing Day game at Leeds, has signed for Queensland Cup outfit Burleigh Bears after gaining a release from his club.

Wakefield coach Richard Agar said: "We think Adam has come a long way since he joined us at the end of the 2011 season.

"Unfortunately he is one of the victims of the change in system in the game where we have a link-up with Doncaster and we are limited to the players that we can get out there.

"After having a look around and speaking to Adam and his dad, they have chosen to take the option to go out and play a full season in Australia which for his development will be great.

"It's a shame in one respect that between us all we are having to make decisions like this, but at the same time it is a fantastic opportunity as a rugby point of view as well as a lifestyle point of view for him to take up.

"We wish him all the best and we will be keeping in touch with Burleigh to monitor his progress."

Other Super League players opting to play in Australia in 2013 include Tom Burgess (Bradford), Matthew Russell (Wigan), Lee Mitchell (Warrington), Shaun Ainscough (Bradford), Louis Sheriff and Dave Petersen (both Hull KR).