Warrington's Chris Riley sets example at Wakefield - Agar

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Loan deals key in hard times - Agar

Wakefield boss Richard Agar believes winger Chris Riley can set an example for all other loan players to follow.

The 26-year-old, currently on loan from Warrington, helped the Wildcats earn their first win of the season, starting in Sunday's win over Catalan Dragons.

While 18 players are out on loan across Super League, Agar believes many are still getting used to the trend.

"Players probably need to get their head around it a bit more that this is the way it's going," he said.

Talking to BBC's Super League Show, the Wakefield head coach continued: "We got a player at the weekend [Riley] who saw it as a great opportunity to play Super League and push himself further back into the reckoning at Warrington as quickly as possible.

"Sometimes players can look at it from a slightly negative angle that they are being pushed out of the club when they go out on loan.

"With the absence of a reserve grade and with dual registration in some instances being effective, and then in other circumstances not being quite as effective, I think it's the way the game is going."

Riley, who scored 120 tries in 180 Wolves appearances prior to joining Agar's side for a month-long spell, is one of three loan players at Wakefield, joining Leeds duo Jimmy Keinhorst and Luke Briscoe.

Agar said clubs at both ends of the Super League table are learning to use the loan market to their advantage, either looking to strengthen their squads or by farming players out to fast-track their development.

The Wildcats were forced to sell players last year in an effort to balance the books, while players have asked to leave bottom-side Bradford since they went into administration.

London Broncos, who had 16 senior players leave the club by December, have the highest concentration of loan players, with five on their books.

"It's an indication of the situation at a club like ourselves and Bradford in particular, who have struggled a little bit with off-field issues, and put a squad together late, and have been hit by different situations during the early rounds of the competition," said Agar.

"For us it is a great way to get our hands on quality players, to sure us up for what could be difficult periods.

"In certain key positions it can be very difficult to come in for a month and be in sync with everyone else.

"Longer-term loans are giving some quality young players tremendous experience in getting 20 or 30 games under their belt, which they need to to start feeling comfortable in the Super League."

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