Crowther pens Wildcats deal

  • Last Updated: March 7 2014, 16:21 GMT

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

Chris Riley: Has joined Wakefield on a month's loan
Chris Riley: Has joined Wakefield on a month's loan

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."

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

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.

"We have injuries and suspensions in the backs so his experience will really help us out over the next month and he will bring a lot of energy to our team," said Wakefield coach Richard Agar.

Agar also 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.

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