Wildcats Head Coach Richard Agar says he and his staff are organised and ready to go as the players prepare to report for pre-season training on Tuesday.
Agar put the finishing touches to his backroom staff with the appointment of Glenn Morrison as Assistant Coach to work alongside James Webster, whilst Strength and Conditioner Martin Clawson is set to work the new-look squad hard throughout winter in preparation for 2012.
Whilst not all the squad will be at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday, the vast majority will return to start work on preparing for Super League XVII, and Agar says he and his team are ready to get to work.
“I’m excited to get all the boys in,” said Agar, speaking exclusively to Wildcats TV about the start of pre-season.
“We’ve had a lot of work to do in the last three or four weeks in terms of getting the squad to where we want it to be and I still think we’ve still got a little bit of work to do in that respect.
“We’re very happy with the training venues and facilities that we’ve managed to secure and I’m really happy with the staff we’ve managed to put together. We’re organised and ready to go.”
Agar has also promised that pre-season will be a rigorous one for all of the squad, and whilst not ideal to be missing a few players from the start, he believes their joining up with the squad in a few weeks time can be a positive.
“I understand that at this time of year getting everyone together for day one – after throwing the squad together late like we have – has proved difficult,” he admitted.
“Guys are coming in in weeks two, three and four so the first couple of weeks, what’s important is that we lay down some foundations about how we operate, the standards that we expect in terms of attitude and professionalism.
“Early doors we’re going to be introducing new terminology and language so that’s one of the early focuses, but at the same time we’ll be fairly tough on them in the first few weeks as well.
“We see it as a great opportunity, particularly with some of the younger end of the squad, to make them tough and take them to some pretty dark places and test them in that regard.
“Later on towards the back end of November we’ll get a bit more experience in. Whilst we’d like to have them in on day one, I think it’ll give us a timely boost and when blokes like Steve Southern and Isaac John come in they’ll raise the bar and up the ante a little bit.”
Watch the full video with Agar by clicking on the video tab on the front page of the Wildcats website and hear more on Isaac John, the pre-season trip to France, more potential new faces and plenty more.