Wildcats head coach Richard Agar can call on a fully fit squad for the first time in 2013 after five key, senior players have returned from injury and are in his 19-man squad for Friday’s derby against Castleford.
Wakefield travel to the Wish Communications Stadium on Good Friday for an 8pm kick-off looking to make it three consecutive years of gaining victory on the Tigers home patch. Castleford are without a win in their last six games having only beat Leeds Rhinos so far this campaign while Trinity are just two points better off with a game in hand.
Justin Poore and Ali Lauitiiti could be joined by captain Danny Kirmond, Wakefield Wizard Tim Smith and 2012 Player of the Year Andy Raleigh for the crunch rivalry with Ian Millward’s Castleford. Poore and Lauitiiti were expected to feature last weekend against Leeds before the postponement which has given them an extra weeks training.
Agar has been speaking ahead of Thursday’s pre-match press conference and has given the Wildcats supporters a boost leading into Friday.
“The postponement of the Leeds game has given us a chance for some of the guys that have been missing a chance to get a full weeks training under their belt and should leave us going into the Castleford game a bit fresher. We’ll have to see how that pans out, ideally we would have liked to have got the game on Friday.
“Having said that playing Sunday on a Friday turnaround with another game on Monday is a very heavy workload, we’ll have to catch it up and play that again at some point in the year. We’ll see on Friday if that’s done us a favour or not.
“We knew they were short term injuries with Kirmo (Danny Kirmond) being the longest one that we’ve had after a little bit of surgery. We are picking from a fully fit full strength squad this week so that’s a bonus for us because those players are very, very important for our team and it will be good to get them back.”
The squad in full to take on Castleford:
1. Richard MATHERS
2. Peter FOX
3. Dean COLLIS
4. Lee SMITH
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
19. Vince MELLARS
20. Reece LYNE
27. Chris ANNAKIN
Wildcats partner club Doncaster face a south Yorkshire derby on Friday as they travel to face Sheffield at the Don Valley Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm. Danny Cowling, Liam Kay, Kyle Trout and Bobbie Goulding are all available to be selected for Tony Miller’s men.
Elsewhere in the Kingstone Press Championships, Lucas Walshaw and his teammates at Dewsbury Rams travel to The Shay tomorrow evening (Thursday) to face Halifax.
Wakefield supporters are advised to pre-purchase their tickets for the Castleford derby from the Wildcats retail outlets before the price increases on matchday. Trinity also receive 10% off all away tickets sold on every Super League game so make sure you buy yours before matchday and financially support the club.
Adults tickets are just £19, concessions £11 while under 5’s are free. Prices do increase by £2 on the day with adults £21 and concessions £13 on the turnstiles. Buy yours today from the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre or Trinity Walk stores or by calling 01924 210548.
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