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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Super League Wildcats hunt Barrow RL ace Brad

RISING star prop Brad Singleton has been offered the chance to make an impact in Super League by Wakefield.

READY FOR THE BIG TIME: Brad Singleton on a run for Dewsbury Rams while on dual-registration last season SIG KASATKIN/RLPHOTOS.COM

The 20-year-old Barrow Island youth product impressed against the Wildcats as his Leeds Rhinos side beat them 40-26 in the Boxing Day friendly at Headingley.

Singleton scored two tries and Wildcats boss Richard Agar has since approached the Rhinos about signing him on a season-long loan deal.

“We have made an approach to take Brad on a season-long loan and we’d like to sign him before we go to our pre-season camp in Portugal,” Agar told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It’s now up to Leeds and the player.”

Singleton, a 6ft 3ins, 209lbs front-row forward, made his Leeds debut from the bench in a 46-12 victory over Salford City Reds in the 2011 Super League campaign and featured once more this year.

In the main, the former England Academy captain’s appearances have been among the youth ranks for the Leeds side, while he spent time in 2012 on dual-registration at Championship side Dewsbury Rams.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott feels time with another Super League, where he can enjoy more regular first-team action, can benefit a player they see as a star for the future and said: “He has a future with us, that’s why we’re looking towards this. He needs to be playing week-in, week-out.

“With the pack we’ve got, the form they are in and what we’ve done in recent years, it is harder and harder for our young players to break into the team.

“What they do need is Super League experience, so when some of the old stagers do move on they are not raw and green. The way of doing that is by sending them out on loan. He was at Dewsbury last season and he benefited from that massively, but he needs to step up next year and do Super League. We are working through that with Wakefield at the moment.”

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