Richard Agar has called on his side to keep up their progress of recent weeks as he names his 19-man squad for the trip to face London Broncos on Saturday.
The Wildcats secured a first home win of 2012 last Sunday as they put in an impressive display to defeat the much fancied Catalan Dragons and head towards the Easter period with extra confidence.
Agar has added to his squad this week with Paul Sykes joining on loan from Bradford Bulls, with the new man going straight into the squad in place of Dean Collis who failed a fitness test at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this morning.
After picking up points against one of the higher placed teams in the league, Agar has called for his squad to keep up their ever improving form against the Broncos this weekend.
“We’ve had a little bit of momentum over three or four weeks even though we’ve not had the two points to show for it,” commented Agar.
“This week brings along different challenges for a new group of people. It’s the first time we’ve played someone below us in the competition.
“All the teams that are in the lower reaches in the league, I can see them all improving. I’ve watched London this week and offensively I can see lots and lots of improvement from when I watched them against Hull.
“Maybe that’s a common trait for the lower teams who have got a new influx of players and are getting used to the competition.
“I don’t think complacency is something we can ever afford to suffer from. What we’re trying to drum into the players is that we’ve got to be consistent. We call it trademarking.
“We want trademarks within our performance every week. If we have four or five players that don’t trademark high enough then it doesn’t work for us.
“We’re trying to get the guys so we’ve got 15, 16 and 17 blokes trade marking every week. If you look at someone like Leeds, they can probably afford to carry three or four players who aren’t quite on the money.
“We know we can’t afford to do that. We need 16 or 17 blokes have to be finding a consistent level of good performance for us to be a really competitive team.
“At the moment, I can’t knock them. Apart from forty minutes at Bradford we’ve been showing up every game.
“Maybe not for 80 minutes and we’ve had some 60-65 minute performances. But turning up hasn’t been a problem for us and we’ve done that pretty much every game.”
The Wildcats boss was boosted by the news that Kyle Amor’s x-ray on his hand showed no repeat of the break that forced him out of action until recently, with the prop available for selection this weekend.
The full 19-man squad is as follows: Mathers, Fox, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Wood, Wilkes, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Southern, Washbrook, Aiton, Amor, Johnson, Kirmond, Smith, Trout, Walshaw, Sykes.
Travel for the trip to the capital is now fully booked but fans will still be able to purchase tickets from the club and on the day of the game.
Tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for juniors.
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