Wildcats head coach Richard Agar is confident that a more stable squad for the 2013 season will result in improved form and more consistent results.
After a terrific first year in charge, Agar is looking to build this season after guiding the team to a playoff spot in 2012, despite putting together a whole new team.
Following Wakefield’s media day on Wednesday, the former Hull FC coach has been talking about the progression of the team and how they developed as the year went on.
He told Wildcats TV: “As the year went on we learnt how to win, we learnt how to handle different situations and it transpired that we got some good form going.
“This year’s different in that last year we had 17 new players whereas this year we have only three. There is a lot more continuity in the squad and there is more stability which for us should equal some more consistency.”
It has been a mixed pre-season for the Wildcats as they suffered defeats against Leeds and St Helens but responded well both times with impressive wins against Featherstone and Doncaster.
Bradford will come into this season with optimism knowing that financial turmoil is firmly behind them and they can make a determined attack on the play-offs.
New Bradford coach Francis Cummins will take charge of his first competitive game and Agar is wary that the Bulls will want to start with a win for him.
“Every coach in the competition will want a winning start; I think that goes without saying. We’re playing a Bradford team with a new head coach in the form of Francis Cummins and I’m pretty sure he’ll want to get that monkey off his back as early as he can.
“We want to go out there and give a performance and hopefully it’s good enough to take the result and the two points. Any two points in this competition you will take and you will take it however it comes about, we’re no different.
“I’d like to think we’re prepared whoever starts for us. At half-back Tim Smith and Kyle Wood are both facing a race against time to be fit for this one, we’ve got a specialist on Woody, but we’re prepared.
“We feel comfortable where we are at going into the game, but we’re ready for the challenge. We saw them (Bradford) play Leeds and that team was very enthusiastic, well organised with some snippets of individual brilliance in there too.”
You can watch Agar’s full interview with SLTV and Wildcats TV HERE.
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