Wakefield Wildcats have signed former Huddersfield second-rower Jon Molloy on a contract that will see him remain at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium until the end of the 2014 campaign.
The 22-year old progressed through the Wigan Warriors youth set-up before switching to West Yorkshire in 2010 where he went on to feature in the Giants first team for two years.
The back-row forward made five appearances at the John Smith’s Stadium where he faced stiff competition from the likes of Luke O’Donnell, Brett Ferres and Jason Chan.
Speaking shortly after putting pen to paper on his contract, Molloy gave his reaction to securing his future with the red, white and blue.
“To be honest I am over the moon. It’s good to get my life on track, push on and get some games under my belt.
“Rich (Agar) got in contact and said he’d seen me play a couple of times and he liked me and he wanted me before, and I’ve actually almost come here before and I’ve always thought about coming here.”
The forward will go straight into Richard Agar’s 19-man squad to face Hemel Stags on Saturday and he says it is not just regular games he is wanting at his time at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
“Not just that, on a daily basis I want to do the best I can do it’s as simple as that. I’ve signed here for quite a bit and I don’t just want to play games, I want to be the best I can be every day I’m here.
“I’ve not played in a while with my injury but I’ll let my talking be done on the field and see what happens.
“I can’t wait (for Saturday) and I’m overly excited because its been the longest period off I’ve ever had so I can’t wait for it. I will stay focused and it’s a game at the end of the day, I’ve done it before so I have to stay focused but I am overly excited.
“The lads are great and I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of lads. All the seniors and all the young lads are very welcoming. I know a couple of them from Huddersfield. (Kyle) Woody, Kirmo (Danny Kirmond) and Andy (Raleigh), they’ve all been great.”
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar commented:
“He’s a player we’ve had our eye on for some time and monitored. I tried to sign him before for my previous club and we had a play for him last year but Huddersfield were reluctant to part company with him.
“Circumstances have changed and we’ve got him down and he’s been training with us and we’re really happy with the condition of him. He is a player that given time will develop into a regular first grade Super League player.
“He’s a second rower and plays on the edge mostly and I feel he’s a player that’s got plenty of line breaking ability and I think he’s an aggressive player as well. It’s important for him now after a period out of the game through injury to get back on the field and get some game time and get him used to how we operate at Wakefield.
“He will play this weekend. I’m not sure whether he will start or not but he will certainly be in the 17 this weekend.”
You can listen to Molloy’s first interview in Wildcats colours HERE and you can see his first appearance for Trinity this Saturday in the 4th round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.
Tickets are just £10 adults and £5 concessions and juniors so pre-purchase your today at the Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre or Trinity Walks stores or by calling 01924 211611.
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