posted on 4 November 2011

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have added to the first team squad for 2012 by handing Academy product Adam Slater a two-year contract.

The 19-year old strong running back-row forward has spent the last two seasons earning rave reviews for his performances in the Academy sides, and was named under 18’s Academy Man of Steel in 2010.

A Normanton Knights Amateur and son of former Trinity player Richard Slater, the youngster was sought after by clubs both in Super League and Australia, but has chosen to continue his development with the club that he first signed for as a 16-year old.

“Rich had a talk to me and asked me to come down training so I’m delighted,” said Slater.

“I’ve been playing in the reserves and I’m glad I’ve got my opportunity.

“I’ve been playing since I was 11 and all I’ve wanted to do is play rugby all my life.  I don’t want to do anything else.

“I just want to train as hard as I can, show Rich what I can do and make a few first team appearances hopefully.”

“I’ve seen things in Adam’s game that have shown me he has a good foundation to work from and there’s plenty to work with for him to build towards his goal of becoming a Super League player,” said Agar.

“He has got a terrific attitude, outstanding work ethic and with the right application he has the potential to develop well.

“He’s a local lad with strong ties to the club and it’s important that we ensure we develop these young players.”

The Wildcats can also confirm that Jeremy Smith, Josh Veivers, Kevin Penny and Stu Howarth have all been released.  The club wish them all the very best with their next challenge.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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