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Agar discussses the Wildcats' rise from the doldrums

Last Updated: 16/08/12 10:41am

It has been quite a turnaround for Wakefield.

The Wildcats were only spared a Super League exit in 2011 when Welsh outfit Crusaders folded, while they went on to finish the campaign just one spot off the bottom of the table.

But the Belle Vue outfit have been galvanised by the arrival of new head coach Richard Agar and having won their previous four top-flight encounters - against Huddersfield, Leeds, Castleford and St Helens - sit 10th in the standings and are right in the mix for a play-off spot with three games remaining.

Agar told Boots 'n' All how he and his coaching team have turned Wakefield from strugglers into contenders and what would represent a successful season for the West Yorkshire club...

The Wildcats' revival

"The club and supporters have been through a very tough time but new ownership and a new coaching staff has given us the opportunity for a fresh start. We knew it would be hard work and that we would have some hard times, and we did lose a couple of games earlier in the year and as a staff we were thinking: 'This could be a really tough year'. But gradually we have managed to build. We are really excited about working hard and that has been the mind-set of everyone at the club for a long time."

Wakefield's play-off hopes

"We are not getting ahead of ourselves as we know we have some tough work to do and know the size of the challenges ahead of us, but it is our goal to finish the season as strongly as we can. If we can go into the last game of the season (against Salford) with something to play for, we can look upon ourselves and say that we have made good progress."

Papua New Guinea star Paul Aiton

"Paul signed very late for us on a contract that has given us value for money, and to be able to extend and upgrade contracts for guys like him that have performed really well is an endorsement of what we have done in the offseason and throughout the year."

Wakefield's play-off push will gain further momentum if they beat eighth-placed Hull KR on Sunday. See all the action from that and the weekend's other games on Super League Fulltime, 10pm, Sunday, Sky Sports 2 HD.