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Agar content with options for 2014

January 04, 2014 12:41:10 UK

Though refusing to rule out the possibility of more signings, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar is happy with his squad ahead of the new season.

Agar has had a busier close-season than most, having taken the reigns at France for the recent World Cup.

I think there are teams in a worse position than us, but much will depend on how quickly the squad gels.

Richard Agar

But following the nation’s elimination at the quarter-final stage, the former Hull FC and York boss quickly re-focused on his club commitments, and has wasted little time in assembling a squads that he hopes can mount a challenge for a play-off place in 2014.

“We’ve got a couple of spots left and we know we’re not going to tick every box on our wish list, but I’m reasonably happy with what we have assembled here. I think this squad is capable of making the eight,” said Agar, who is preparing for his third season in charge of Wakefield.

“With what we’ve budgeted we know we’ve got space to squeeze another couple of guys in, and we’ve found that by doing our recruitment after the majority of our rivals have finished theirs has enabled us to snap up a few bargains.”

Wakefield finished 11th in Super League last season, five points outside of the play-off places, but Agar hopes 2014 can bring about a change in fortunes, despite off-field difficulties at the end of last year.

“The circumstances and timescales haven’t been ideal, but I’m confident that we’ll have a very competitive squad on the park in 2014,” he added.

“I think there are teams in a worse position than us, but much will depend on how quickly the squad gels.”

The Wildcats 51.00 are to win the Challenge Cup in 2014, with holders Wigan Warriors 5.00 and Warrington Wolves 5.00.

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