Wildcats Appoint Agar

posted on 9 September 2011

The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are delighted to inform supporters that the club’s new Head Coach has been appointed.

Richard Agar has signed a three year deal at the Wildcats that will see him take charge of the side until 2014.

Richard has spent a very successful 8 years at Super League club Hull FC and has now decided to take on a new Rugby League challenge and join The Wildcats. Agar began his career at Hull FC as Assistant Coach and after impressive spells under both John Kear and Peter Sharp, Richard earned himself the Head Coach role.

Agar has done an excellent job whilst at Hull, successfully coaching the team to a Challenge Cup final and a Grand Final, Hull being the only club other than Leeds Rhinos, Saint Helens, Wigan and Bradford to make it to the Grand Final. During his tenure at FC, Richard has built a very strong squad and has proven his ability to develop young players into established Super League players.

With a strong emphasis on youth development, Richard focuses on the individual aspects of a players game and works hard to turn potential into recognised success. With the likes of Tom Briscoe, Danny Houghton, Reece Lyne and Jordan Turner all having their careers launched under Agar’s reign, it is clear that he has an eye for young talent.

Agar saw the capabilities of Reece Lyn instantly and gave him his debut at the tender age of 16. and Joe Westerman is vastly improving; this ability of Agar’s will prove key over the next three years at The Wildcats with a whole host of talented youths already in place at the club. With a focus on youth development throughout the league and indeed throughout the England set up, Richard’s proven track record in this area will be a huge boost for The Wildcats.

Agar is no stranger to Wakefield and has a large local network around the area. This knowledge will ensure that Richard signs and nurtures the best of the young talent that we have available in this fantastic City.

Richard’s coaching successes are well known throughout the game, along with his impressive management and people skills. His highly respected status and passion for the game have found him to be included in the England Coaching team and be shortlisted for the England National job.

Wildcats Chairman Andrew Glover is delighted with the capture of Agar, “I’m very happy with this great appointment.  I know our fans have thought it was a foregone conclusion that Richard was going to be our coach, but that really isn’t the case.  We have interviewed many people and Richard has shone through as the best for the job.”

“We look forward to our fans getting behind Richard and his team and giving them the opportunity that we feel confident they can achieve. Richard has our full backing and we are all looking forward a strong future.”

Richard Agar commented, “I am really looking forward to the challenge of building a team and helping to build a club and see it progress.”

“Wakefield is a club with a very rich history and a very proud heritage and I’m extremely honoured to have been offered this position.”

Richard is hoping to act as quickly as possible for Wakefield and has the club’s backing to bring in more players straight away – keep your eyes out on the website for more exciting signing news for the year ahead!

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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