Changing clubs within your own country is never easy, let alone moving to another country to play rugby league – but for Wakefield Wildcats U20's forward Adam Slater, it was a move he had to make, following changes to the U20's system.
With both club and player agreeing to mutually part ways, Slater will play for Intrust Super Cup side, the Burleigh Bears, as Adam and his family look forward to seeing his game develop during his time in Australia.
“We think Adam has come a long way since he joined us at the end of the 2011 season. Unfortunately, he is one of the victims of the change in system in the game where we have a link-up with Doncaster and we are limited to the players that we can get out there – heâ€™s not alone,” said Wildcats Head Coach Richard Agar.
â€œAfter having a look around and speaking to Adam and his dad, they have chosen to take the option to go out and play a full season in Australia which for his development will be great. As for anybody of his age that has been full-time for a year, he wants to be playing and it would have been very difficult for us to find what we feel is the right level of football to develop him and being guaranteed regular football every week.
â€œItâ€™s a shame in one respect that between us all we are having to make decisions like this, but at the same time, it is a fantastic opportunity as a rugby point of view as well as a lifestyle point of view for him to take up.
â€œWe are certainly going to be keeping tabs on him to see how he gets on out there and we would never rule him out coming back to the club.
â€œThe Queensland Cup is a tough competition, to go out and play first grade in that competition is a mark up from what heâ€™s been playing in under 20s with us and at the moment there is a few too many players in front of him for spots in our back row to realistically say heâ€™s going to get enough game time with us, unless we have a stack of injuries so we had to make this decision.
â€œWe wish him all the best and we will be keeping in touch with Burleigh to monitor his progress.â€