Wakefield Wildcats head coach Richard Agar is set to give a debut to academy product Danny Cowling after replacing fellow centre Dean Collis in the 19-man squad to face St Helens this Sunday.
Cowling has spent time away with Doncaster this season on dual-registration which has paid off for the Wildcats youngster after impressing at the Keepmoat Stadium. The 20-year-old comes into the reckoning after Collis was handed a one match ban for a dangerous throw in the derby day victory over Castleford.
The youngster will be the latest in a string of academy players to make their debut for the Wildcats after Kyle Trout and Lucas Walshaw who has built on his 2011 debut with a number of appearances in 2012, highlighting the importance of Club 1873 in nurturing local talent for the first team.
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Oliver Wilkes also comes into the squad after sitting out the memorable afternoon at the Probiz Coliseum, replacing Matt James in the squad to face Saints in the penultimate fixture at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and Agar says bringing the Cowling into the team is a sensible move in the circumstances.
“Dean Collis is suspended so we are not going to tinker too much with it,” he said.
“We are probably going to go like for like so Danny Cowling will come in who has been on dual registration at Doncaster. He performed particularly well there and he had a pretty nasty hand injury but he performed ok last week so rather than making a couple of positional changes by putting one of our back-rowers there we have decided to put Danny in our squad.
“It would have been Danny or Liam Kay, who has been performing really well in our 20’s this year and he has had a little taste of first grade but he is injured so it is a straightforward choice as Dean is out along with Vinny Mellars so we are going to give Danny Cowling a start in the right centre.
Matt James misses out too. He performed really well last week but he pulled his calf in literally the last minute of training on Thursday, Oliver Wilkes suspension is up so he can come back into the team.”
The 19-man squad in full is:
1. Richard Mathers
2. Peter Fox
5. Ben Cockayne
6. Isaac John
7. Kyle Wood
8. Oliver Wilkes
9. Andy Ellis
10. Andy Raleigh
11. Ali Lauitiiti
13. Danny Washbrook
15. Kyle Amor
16. Paul Johnson
17. Danny Kirmond (c)
19. Frankie Mariano
20. Tim Smith
22. Kyle Trout
27. Danny Cowling
34. Paul Sykes
35. Lee Smith
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