Richard Agar: Get used to loan deals

Wakefield coach Richard Agar believes the current trend of Super League players going out on loan will only grow.

There are currently 18 top-tier players involved in loan deals and Agar believes it is the most effective way of giving fringe players vital first-team experience.

“Sometimes players can look at it from a slightly negative angle that they are being pushed out of the club when they go out on loan,” he told the BBC.

Chris Riley in action for Warrington. ©RLPhotos
Chris Riley in action for Warrington. ©RLPhotos

“With the absence of a reserve grade and with dual registration in some instances being effective, and then in other circumstances not being quite as effective, I think it’s the way the game is going.

“Players probably need to get their head around it a bit more that this is the way it’s going. We got a player at the weekend [Chris Riley] who saw it as a great opportunity to play Super League and push himself further back into the reckoning at Warrington as quickly as possible.

“It’s an indication of the situation at a club like ourselves and Bradford in particular, who have struggled a little bit with off-field issues, and put a squad together late, and have been hit by different situations during the early rounds of the competition. For us it is a great way to get our hands on quality players, to sure us up for what could be difficult periods.

“In certain key positions it can be very difficult to come in for a month and be in sync with everyone else. Longer-term loans are giving some quality young players tremendous experience in getting 20 or 30 games under their belt, which they need to to start feeling comfortable in the Super League.”

2014 Super League loan deals
Dom Manfredi – Wigan to Salford
Marc Sneyd – Salford to Castleford
James Cunningham – Hull FC to London
Jimmy Keinhorst – Leeds to Wakefield
James Duckworth – Leeds to London
Thomas Minns – Leeds to London
Ade Gardner – St Helens to Hull KR
Liam Sutcliffe – Leeds to Bradford
Greg Burke – Wigan to Bradford
Paul Clough – St Helens to Widnes
Chris Riley – Warrington to Wakefield
Rhodri Lloyd – Wigan to Widnes
Carl Forster – Saints to London
Anthony Mullally – Huddersfield to Bradford
James Greenwood – Wigan to London
Danny Bridge – Warrington to Bradford
Kevin Larroyer – Catalans to Hull KR
Luke Briscoe – Leeds to Wakefield

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