Wakefield Wildcats second-rower Adam Slater has departed the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and signed for Queensland Cup outfit Burleigh Bears in Australia.
The 20-year-old was a consistent figure in the Wildcats under 20s side in 2012 and with the changes to that competition this season it has been mutually agreed for him to move on.
The youngster gained experience by playing in the Rugby League Nines where he helped Trinity win the Plate but has immediately left the club to join the Bears on the Gold Coast.
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar explains Slater’s exit.
“We think Adam has come a long way since he joined us at the end of the 2011 season. Unfortunately he is one of the victims of the change in system in the game where we have a link-up with Doncaster and we are limited to the players that we can get out there, he’s not alone.
“After having a look around and speaking to Adam and his dad they have chosen to take the option to go out and play a full season in Australia which for his development will be great. As for anybody of his age that has been full-time for a year he wants to be playing and it would have been very difficult for us to find what we feel is the right level of football to develop him and being guaranteed regular football every week.
“It’s a shame in one respect that between us all we are having to make decisions like this but at the same time it is a fantastic opportunity as a rugby point of view as well as a lifestyle point of view for him to take up.
“We are certainly going to be keeping tabs on him to see how he gets on out there and we would never rule him out coming back to the club.
“The Queensland Cup is a tough competition, to go out and play first grade in that competition is a mark up from what he’s been playing in under 20s with us and at the moment there is a few too many players in front of him for spots in our back row to realistically say he’s going to get enough game time with us unless we have a stack of injuries so we had to make this decision.
“We wish him all the best and we will be keeping in touch with Burleigh to monitor his progress.”
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