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New stadium to attract players to Wakefield - John Kear

John Kear
Kear's Wildcats finished 11th in Super League XV

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach John Kear hopes the latest step forward in club's new stadium project will help his recruitment drive.

The Super League club have been granted outline planning permission to build their new ground at Newmark.

Kear, whose side came 11th last season, told BBC Radio Leeds: "Recruitment will be made easier now because this helps our chances of staying in Super League.

"We hope to bring more new faces in and this will speed the process up."

Wakefield City Council have given the go-ahead for the stadium, which will be built on brown-belt land.

However, because the rest of the development, including a hotel, will be put on green-belt land, the project must still gain government approval.

"This project has had some bumps along the way but you have to go through these processes," explained Kear.

"There are still some to go through but there is no doubt in my mind that the major hurdle has been cleared and the finances are in place to build the stadium.

"We are very confident we will be able to progress and that there will be a new stadium ready for 2012.

"I was lucky enough to be at Hull FC in their first season at the KC Stadium and that galvanised that club.

"Everyone can see the effect a new stadium has had on Warrington Wolves too, who have gone on and won the Challenge Cup for the last two years.

"This is now a great opportunity for everyone involved in the club to take it to a new level and into the elite of Super League."

Wakefield's signings for next season already include St Helens reserve prop Paul Johnson, Warrington winger Kevin Penny and Hull KR back rower Frankie Mariano, but Kear remains on the lookout for more talent.

"I'm pleased with the players we have brought in so far. There are players who have a point to prove and that brings the desire and hunger that we want at this club," he added.

"The process with the stadium now means there might be more players coming in now. This is a great chance for players to be involved in a very exciting time for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats."



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