Goulding recalled for St Helens trip
Bobbie Goulding, the son of the former St Helens and Great Britain scrum-half of the same name, has been called into injury-hit Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ squad for Friday’s game at St Helens.
The 19-year-old joined the Wildcats from Warrington Wolves in the winter but has spent the season so far playing on a dual registration for Championship club Doncaster.
He has been recalled by coach Richard Agar and included in his initial 19-man squad for the trip to Langtree Park, along with his Doncaster team-mate Danny Cowling and Matty Wildie.
Wakefield’s biggest casualty from Sunday’s 23-23 draw with Salford City Reds is Australian half-back Tim Smith, who has a calf injury and an eye infection.
Forwards Justin Poore and Ali Lauitiiti join Andy Raleigh and captain Danny Kirmond in the treatment room but Kyle Amor is recalled after being dropped for Sunday’s game due as a disciplinary measure.
“It will test our squad fully,” said Agar. “We’ve been carrying one or two little bumps and knocks for a couple of weeks now.
“Easter is on the horizon and I think we’ve patched a couple of blokes up for the odd week too long.
“The shorter turnaround has got us this week because we’ve lost that extra couple of days that would genuinely have helped us in a couple of instances to get people back and on the field.
“You play the cards you're dealt and we’ll send our strongest squad over there.
“The positive out of it is some guys are going to continue to get good experience, which is only going to help us in the long term, and some guys that have been on the periphery sat waiting patiently for a chance are going to get that chance.
“We’re hoping that youthful enthusiasm combined with some guys that are wanting to make stronger claims for a place in the team will give us a performance that is full of passion, spirit and commitment.”