Head Coach Richard Agar was full of praise for Academy graduate Lucas Walshaw after his first appearance of the season against Hull FC last weekend.
The 18-year old came off the bench to play in the second-row against one of the most potent left edge combinations in the competition with Willie Manu alongside England internationals Kirk Yeaman and Tom Briscoe.
With only having played a few games in the second-row, the youngster didn’t look out of place and Agar praised his performance when asked at Thursday’s weekly press conference.
“We felt that playing Hull, they’re very strong on the left side through Willie Manu and Kirk Yeaman, and both our split forwards in Ali and Kirmo aren’t 80 minute players,” explained Agar.
“We felt without moving our back-row around too much we’d need a genuine edge player. What we’ve done with Lucas in the last couple of weeks is move him to back-row.
“He has been playing centre but he might have been guilty of lack on involvement at times.
“By sticking him in the second row he’s not got too much time to think about being involved, he has to be involved.
“We gave him a special job last week. He’s such a big strong ball carrier we thought he’d be able to take some juice out of their major attacking weapons by carrying the ball regularly at them.
“”I thought it was a great testament for a young kid who has only come off the bench a couple of times before, that we put him out there to handle Willie Manu.
“It might seem strange because Willie has embarrassed some very seasoned, experienced first grade players and internationals.
“But we put Lucas out there because he always makes his tackles. He might not always get in the right spot for them but generally when people go at him he really makes his tackles.
“I thought he came up with a display that will encourage us moving forward to him.”
Agar admitted that Kyle Trout – another product of the Wildcats Academy – was unfortunate to miss out last week after impressing throughout pre-season and the early part of Stobart Super League XVII.
Meanwhile, Agar confirmed that Danny Kirmond has shrugged off the rib injury that forced him from the field against the black and whites so will be fit to make his 150th first grade appearance.
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