Wakefield Wildcats Head Coach Richard Agar welcomes back experienced duo Ali Lauitiiti and Steve Southern into his 19-man squad for the visit of Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
Both players have been missing since the Good Friday defeat to Castleford Tigers and are aiming to return against Tony Smith’s team.
Andy Ellis and Matt James both drop out of the squad after Ellis signed a one month loan deal with Featherstone and James misses out through suspension.
Agar is delighted to be able to call upon two of his star players once again.
“Ali Lauitiiti and Steve Southern are back in the 19-man squad but we have not decided on our team yet. I will tell the lads our team on our last team run on Saturday,” said Agar.
“Ali and Steve trained with us for the last two weeks and have come through with flying colours. Ali is a player we have missed enormously and I think he is a major influence on our side when he is on the field.
“He may be a quiet guy but he has shown a lot of leadership qualities for us this year and we are looking forward to getting him back on the pitch.
“Bluey has had a fairly punctuated season with one or two things and it will be good for Steve to get back in and stake a claim. He’s feeling really fit and refreshed after his enforced absence.
“Oliver Wilkes will again miss out but we are hopeful of a return against Hull FC and he’s been a big miss for us but it gives an opportunity for others to step up.
“Paul Johnson will come back into the squad after missing the last few weeks. I feel he played really well for the under 20’s last time out and he’ll get a crack this week,” added Agar.
The 19 man squad in full is: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Wood, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Southern, Washbrook, Aiton, Amor, Johnson, Kirmond, Mariano, Smith, Trout, Sykes.
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