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Rovers call up for Lovegrove

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock makes two changes to the side that beat Bradford, bringing in forwards Rhys Lovegrove and Jason Netherton for the suspended Justin Poore and the injured Jamie Langley.

Rhys Lovegrove Credit: Press Association

Wakefield have loose forward Danny Washbrook back from a two-match absence with a calf strain and centre Dean Collis returns to take the place of Jimmy Keinhorst, who aggravated a hamstring injury in the defeat by St Helens.

Riley hoping to kickstart season at Wildcats

Wakefield have signed Warrington's out-of-favour winger Chris Riley on a month's loan.

Chris Riley Credit: Press Association

The 26-year-old Riley, who was a member of the Wolves' Grand Final team in October, was dropped after his team's opening home defeat by St Helens last month and has been unable to regain his place.

Riley, who has scored 120 tries in 180 appearances for Warrington, is set to go straight into the Wildcats' team for Sunday's home game against Catalan Dragons in the continuing absence of threequarters Dean Collis and Jimmy Keinhorst.

Wakefield Coach Richard Agar has made an attempt to borrow Leeds outside back Ben Jones-Bishop and succeeded in extending the loan spell of his young team-mate Luke Briscoe, who made his Super League debut at Wigan last Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats have given a four-year contract to 17-year-old Jordan Crowther, who became the club's second youngest forward of all time when making his debut as a replacement in the 46-24 defeat by the Warriors.

He signed his first full-time deal in pre-season but his hometown club have wasted no time in tying down the promising youngster until the end of 2017.

England Youth international Crowther has risen quickly through the ranks and was delighted to commit himself to Wakefield.

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Crowther pens 'dream' Wildcats deal

Wakefield have snapped up teenage forward Jordan Crowther on a four-year contract.

Jordan Crowther Credit: wakefieldwildcats.co.uk

The 17-year-old became the Wildcats' second youngest forward of all time when making his debut for the Yorkshire side as a replacement in the 46-24 defeat at Wigan last week.

He signed his first full-time deal in pre-season but his hometown club have wasted no time in tying down the promising youngster until the end of 2017.

"We think he's a player of immense promise," Wildcats head coach Richard Agar said.

"Jordy showed last week that he's fearless. He got hit hard a few times last week but he kept coming and he got through the line a couple of times and he's a kid that, for such a young age, is absolutely fearless."

England Youth international Crowther has risen quickly through the ranks and was delighted to commit himself to Wakefield.

"It's the only club I've ever wanted to play for since I was young so to get a long contract is great," Crowther said.

"It's a dream come true job - it's what I used to do as a hobby after school and now I'm getting paid to keep fit and do something I love."

Siejka seals Wildcats switch

Wakefield finally got their man on Wednesday when Australian half-back Harry Siejka overcame red tape to complete a move to Super League.

Harry Siejka Credit: Press Association

The 22-year-old was expected to be the Wildcats' first signing for 2014 when he agreed a one-year deal last October, but his application for a visa was denied by the Rugby Football League due to the player's limited first-grade experience in the NRL.

Siejka made just four senior appearances for Penrith Panthers in 2011-12 and injury prevented him from making his debut for St George-Illawarra after switching Sydney clubs last season.

However, Wakefield successfully appealed and the player is also thought to have used his Polish ancestry to gain a European passport.

A Wakefield spokesman said: "The Wildcats are pleased to confirm that Harry Siejka has completed his move to the club."

A former Australian schoolboy international, Siejka will be the 11th new face to join coach Richard Agar's squad when he arrives in the country on Thursday lunchtime.

Wakefield trio given green light

Scott Anderson, Matt Ryan and Pita Godinet will join up with the Wildcats squad next week after receiving their visa’s.

Pita Godinet has been cleared to join up with the Wildcats Credit: Press Association

The trio have had to wait having completed all the necessary paperwork and tests around two weeks ago and will now fly to the UK this weekend and train with their new teammates for the first time on Monday.

The Wildcats start their First Utility Super League campaign with a visit to Salford Red Devils on Sunday 16th February.

Wildcats operating at half capacity

Wakefield have been forced to cut their ground capacity by more than half to 5,333 after being told to carry out structural repairs to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Wakefield have been told to carry out repairs at their ground

The Wildcats are asking for volunteers to carry out the work, the need for which came to light following an annual review of the stadium's safety certificate.

Wakefield are still hoping to move to a purpose-built new stadium near the M62 but are resigned to being at their ageing Belle Vue ground for the next two seasons.

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Wakefield sign Rhinos' hooker

McShane joins from Leeds on a two year deal Credit: Press Association

Wakefield have signed Leeds hooker Paul McShane on a two year deal.

The 24 year-old will plug the gap created by the departure to Leeds of Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton after the clubs agreed an undisclosed transfer fee.

McShane made 63 appearances in an eight seasons at Headingley and briefly played under Wildcats head coach Richard Agar during a loan spell at Hull in 2010.

McShane is Wakefield's fourth new signing for 2014 squad following the recruitment of his former Leeds team-mate Richard Moore, Daniel Smith (South Sydney) and Scott Anderson (Brisbane).

McShane signs for Wildcats

New Wakefield Wildcats signing Paul McShane
New Wakefield Wildcats signing Paul McShane Credit: Press Association

Wakefield Wildcats have signed former England Academy international Paul McShane from Leeds Rhinos.

The 24-year-old hooker has penned a two year deal after the move from Headingley for an undisclosed fee.

McShane, played 63 games for the Rhinos , making his debut for the club in 2009.

He was part of the team that defeated the Manly Sea Eagles to lift the Wolrd Club Challenge in 2012.

McShane, who has previously worked under Wakefield head coach Richard Agar on a loan spell at Hull FC, is the latest ex Rhino to move to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium following the likes of Ali Lauititi, Lee Smith and , most recently, Richard Moore.s the

Wakefield bring in Brisbane forward

Scott Anderson playing for Brisbane Broncos. Credit: Press Association

Wakefield have bolstered their pack for 2014 with the signing of former Melbourne Storm prop Scott Anderson from Brisbane Broncos.

The 27-year-old, who will join the Wildcats on a 12-month deal subject to a successful visa application, played in two Grand Finals for the Storm, including their 2009 win over Parramatta, and made his 50th appearance for the Broncos in 2013.

Anderson is Wakefield's third forward recruit for 2014 following the signing of Daniel Smith (South Sydney) and Richard Moore (Leeds) who will plug the gaps created by the departure of Frankie Mariano, Oliver Wilkes, Justin Poore and Kyle Amor.

Rhinos sign Paul Aiton from Wakefield

Leeds Rhinos have signed Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton from Wakefield Wildcats for an undisclosed fee.

28-year-old Aiton, who was Wakefield’s Player of the Year last season, will join Rhinos on a three year contract.

He’s also set to lead Papua New Guinea in their Rugby League World Cup clash with World Champions New Zealand at Headingley Carnegie this Friday.

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