Wildcats pounce for John

Wakefield sign New Zealander on three-year contract

Last Updated: 29/10/11 11:18am

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Isaac John: Looking forward to taking his opportunity at Wakefield.

Isaac John: Looking forward to taking his opportunity at Wakefield.

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Wakefield Wildcats have signed half-back Isaac John from New Zealand Warriors on a three-year contract.

New Wakefield coach Richard Agar completed a move for the 22-year-old former Junior Kiwi after watching him help the Junior Warriors lift the Toyota Cup with a golden-point victory over North Queensland in Sydney.

"Isaac is a key signing for us," said Agar. "He is a very skilful and talented ball player with great footwork and a good kicking game.

"A couple of untimely injuries and with the talent in front of him, it has been difficult for Isaac to get any sort of sustained run in the Warriors side.

"I've had limited opportunities at the Warriors so the chance to come and run a team around the field is a big one for me."
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"But having seen him star in the recent Grand Final for the Junior Warriors, there's no doubting the ability he has and I'm very happy that he'll have the chance to show the rugby league world that in a Wakefield Wildcats shirt."

Big opportunity

John was promoted to the Warriors' full-time squad in 2009 and made the first of his nine NRL appearances against Sydney Roosters alongside Stacey Jones, but he found regular first-team rugby hard to come by.

"I've had limited opportunities at the Warriors so the chance to come and run a team around the field is a big one for me," he said.

John becomes the Wildcats' 14th recruit for 2012 and Agar is expected to continue his recruitment with the capture of former Wigan stand-off Tim Smith, who was recently released by Cronulla.

"We have some really good quality across the board now and hopefully we can still add a couple more to the roster before too long," Agar added.

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