Richard Owen to replace Chris Riley for Wakefield against Warrington

It will be a case of one in, one out for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats this weekend, as Richard Owen is in line to make his debut for the club against Warrington Wolves.

Owen signed a deal to join the Wildcats until the end of the season last week, but was left out as the Wildcats slipped to defeat against his former club Castleford at Magic Weekend. Agar admits it was a little bit too soon given how late he joined the club, but he will feature this weekend.

“Richard Owen will give us a real boost this weeks hen he plays; we just thought that one training session and the occasion of playing against Castleford was a little bit too much for him,” Agar said.

“It’s important for Rich to try and get off on the right foot, and we didn’t want to put him under too much pressure straight away. He’ll get his chance this week.”

And Owen could well come in and replace Chris Riley, who Agar confirmed will not be available to face his parent club – not due to the agreement of the loan deal, but more out of respect for the relationship between the two clubs, according to the Wildcats boss.

“Chris Riley won’t play due to a gentleman’s agreement, rather than anything else. It’s not contractual; all three parties – myself, Tony Smith and Chris Riley – have all spoken, and we decided that he won’t play.

“Nothing was written in, but we decided it was best for all parties. I’m grateful that Warrington have done a deal for us over a period of time.”

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