Richard Agar has welcomed back Kyle Amor to his 19-man squad for this Sunday’s trip to take on Warrington Wolves.
The Cumbrian prop broke his hand in the opening round win against Widnes Vikings but is back to full fitness and is in contention to make his comeback at the Halliwell Jones Stadium (kick-off: 3pm).
Whilst the Wildcats are boosted by the return of Amor, they must sweat on the fitness of hooker Paul Aiton (dead leg) in what Agar is under no illusions is set to be a massive test for his side.
“It’s a really tough game in front of us, particularly on the back of a defeat for them,” Agar said at Thursday’s weekly press conference.
“We know the size of the task in front of us but our aim is about us and us getting better.
“Despite not getting one or two results over the last few weeks we are most certainly heading in the right direction and learning about each other and situations, how we want to play and how we want to deal with things along the way.
“It’s going to be a real test for us but I can honestly say we’re really looking forward to it.”
The Wildcats boss was also positive about the progress his new-look side are making early in 2012.
Despite only one win in the opening five games, the Wildcats have pushed Hull KR, Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants hard, three teams who have been play-off regulars in the past couple of seasons.
“I think the team is coming together well but it was a good contrast last weekend. We played a team that know how to win and at the moment we’re a team who are learning how to win.
“It’s hard to put time limits on it. We’re getting used to our style of play as well as the way we want to do stuff system-wise. It’s building up those combinations and relationships, particularly between the spine of your team.
“We’re still learning but we’re making rapid progress. I know at this stage Saints haven’t won a game in four.
“I personally think we’ve been really competitive in all of our games and in there we’ve played Hull, Hull KR and Huddersfield and we think out our season so far we’ve let ourselves down in small periods of games and in the second forty minutes against Bradford.
“We’re happy with the progress we’re making and we’re hoping it translates into some wins for us sooner rather than later but what we do know is we’re certainly not going to start panicking and make wholesale changes or try to do things in a different way.
“We need to keep doing what we’re doing but for slightly longer periods and learn about each other and how to win those games along the way.
“We’re confident with the spirit the boys have got, the attitude they’re showing, we think we’re making progress.”
19-man squad: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Wood, Wilkes, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Southern, Washbrook, Aiton, Amor, Johnson, Kirmond, Smith, Trout, Walshaw.
Tickets for Sunday’s game are priced as below:
All junior Gold Members must claim their junior swap ticket in advance of the match as these will not be available on matchday.
Tickets will go off sale from the Wildcats at 4pm on Saturday 17th March with a £1.50 increase for anyone buying on the day of the game.
You can buy tickets and travel at our Ridings Centre retail outlet, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or by calling 01924 201548.
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