Widdop is a wanted man says Agar
Friday 04 June 2010
New England Rugby League international Gareth Widdop is being watched from afar, that’s according to Hull FC coach Richard Agar.
The Airlie Birds coach was talking to the Independent Rugby league podcast Tryline when he made the comments in response to a question about whether his inclusion in the England squad was a surprise.
Agar said; “Like a lot of Super League coaches, there will be plenty of people of aware of Gareth Widdop’s talents. People will have had their eye on him for a while.”
Agar also went on to say that he believed the youngster had an opportunity to make an impact, adding;
“It’s an opportunity for him in what I consider to be a very open field. There are a lot of very high quality overseas full backs playing in this country and there’s probably a clutch of young Englishmen all fighting out for this position. And Steve (McNamara) probably feels that he is in better form at the moment and wants to have a closer look at him.”
The Hull FC boss was also full of praise for his own club’s international representative Tom Briscoe, who he believes is benefitting from targets that have been set for him within the club.
Agar said; ”Six or seven weeks we challenged Tom. We thought he had just slipped a little under the standards that we are used to from him and he’s certainly answered us in the right fashion. The extra work he’s putting in, the extra training and the combinations that our guys are working, Tommy’s been the major benefactor of those”.
In the podcast, in which Tom Briscoe also guests in a brief conversation about his call-up, Richard Agar also talks about those who may have missed out on Steve McNamara’s first squad, the issues raised by the Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive about wrestling tactics in the game and the controversy that has been caused by Terry Newton’s autobiography relating to drugs in Rugby League.
Latest in Sport
Google trolls Tottenham with Oxford dictionary definition of 'lackadaisical'
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Floyd Mayweather ends the carnival this week and picks his next fight - but will it be Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto
Steven Defour: Anderlecht midfielder sent off after kicking ball into Standard Liege fans who unveiled huge banner showing him decapitated
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 3 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia