Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has called Andy Raleigh and Vince Mellars into his squad to face Hull KR this Saturday, kick-off 5.45pm at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Brad Singleton and Matty Wildie are the two players to miss out after the defeat away at Bradford in round one. Prop forward and 2012 Coaches Player of the Year Raleigh is set to make his season bow after recovering from damage to his rib cartilages while Mellars is in contention to feature against Rovers.
The 19-man squad also includes Tim Smith who is rated 50/50 to play on Saturday while academy graduate Chris Annakin is once again named after a promising pre-season campaign.
Agar gave injury news and his thoughts to the media at the weekly pre-match press conference:
“We haven’t picked anything up from last week,” explained the head coach.
“Andy Raleigh is back fit again and we’ll have a call on Tim Smith on our last field session, he’s probably rated 50/50 at this stage. He’s back running and doing some twisting and turning but we want to make sure he’s 100%, he’s making good progress.
“We’ve got some players fit and available and we’ve had a good look at the video so we’re still tossing that (team selection) up as we speak at the moment. We’re having a look and there are one or two guys edging forward and a couple of young guys that have played and trained quite aggressively throughout the offseason.
“We are not putting excuses out there for them but one or two of them were light on pre-season. It might be that we have to keep working that little bit harder and get some of these boys a little more practice in doing that.
“We’ll decide this weekend whether some of these guys get put on notice and get another shot or whether we decide to make any changes. Andy Raleigh is back fit and he’ll certainly come back into the team, that’s rubber stamped.”
The squad in full:
1. Richard MATHERS
2. Peter FOX
3. Dean COLLIS
5. Ben COCKAYNE
6. Paul SYKES
7. Tim SMITH
8. Justin POORE
9. Paul AITON
10. Andy RALEIGH
11. Ali LAUITIITI
12. Danny KIRMOND
13. Danny WASHBROOK
14. Kyle WOOD
15. Kyle AMOR
16. Oliver WILKES
17. Frankie MARIANO
19. Vince MELLARS
20. Reece LYNE
27. Chris ANNAKIN
Tickets are on sale for the home Super League opener of 2013 and make sure you pre-purchase yours to make your visit to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium even better value. Ground standing tickets are £20 for adults while concessions and juniors are £12. Adult prices do increase on game day by £2 as home supporters are advised to congregate in the Fleetmaster North stand.
Make sure you arrive early on Saturday as the Loveable Rogues will be performing in the build-up to kick-off amongst other fun activities going on which include the brand new fanzone, located behind the Eric France East Stand.
Pre-purchase your tickets from the Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre or Trinity Walk stores or alternatively call 01924 211611.
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