Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has named an exciting mixture of youth and experience in his 19-man squad to face Hemel Stags on Saturday in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup, kick-off: 6pm.
Prop forward Justin Poore will return and captain the side while three players are expected to debut in the fourth round clash at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Stand-off Paul Sykes misses out through a head injury suffered in the defeat to Warrington but is expected to return against Widnes.
The squad includes eight players that have featured in the Wildcats youth set-up at some stage in their career in a youthful squad and Agar is excited with the team he will field on Saturday.
“We are going to play two players out of our under 19s,” admitted the head coach.
“Ben Shulver will play first grade this week and he’s been training alongside us for four or five weeks. Dan Maskill will play off the bench as well who is Colin’s son.
“I was really impressed with what he’s done and with Paul Sykes’ injury we were looking for another pivot so Paul’s injury has provided another opportunity for another young kid.
“I think we’ll have three debutants this week if all goes to plan for the rest of the week. We have got one or two tiny question marks over a couple of players that we expect to turn out but at this moment we are not quite sure.
“We feel we are in a position where we can rotate a little bit and give some blokes who have undoubtedly earned a rest over the last month.
“(Justin) Poorey will play after missing last week and we feel in Andy Raleigh and Kyle Amor we want to keep them playing. We feel match fitness is very important for those two guys it will give an opportunity for Frankie Mariano and Kyle Trout in the back-row and Jon Molloy will make his debut after signing for us this week.”
The squad in full to take on Hemel:
4. Lee SMITH
7. Tim SMITH
8. Justin POORE (c)
10. Andy RALEIGH
11. Ali LAUITIITI
14. Kyle WOOD
15. Kyle AMOR
16. Oliver WILKES
17. Frankie MARIANO
18. Kyle TROUT
19. Vince MELLARS
20. Reece LYNE
21. Matty WILDIE
22. Danny COWLING
24. Lucas WALSHAW
28. Liam KAY
29. Jon MOLLOY
30. Ben SHULVER
31. Daniel MASKILL
Make sure you start your Saturday night at the Wildcats as Agar’s men start their charge towards Wembley. Adults tickets are great value at just £10 while concessions and juniors are only charged £5 for the 4th round encounter.
Ticket prices do not increase on matchday so either buy on the turnstiles or in advance from the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre or Trinity Walk stores or by calling 01924 211611.
There is also still chance to enjoy the game in style with Wildcats hospitality for just £30! Join us in the 1873 Suite where you will receive a match ticket, a hot two course meal, private viewing balcony, bar and hear from players and coaching staff before and after the game.
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