CASTLEFORD Tigers full-back Richard Mathers has become Wakefield’s 17th signing for 2012.
The Wildcats have snapped up the former Leeds, Wigan and Warrington player on a season-long loan from their neighbours.
Mathers, who won back-to-back Challenge Cup finals with Warrington, has joined Wakefield in time to travel with the squad to north Wales for a three-day training camp this weekend.
The 28-year-old is just 12 months into a three-year contract with the Tigers but has been told he does not figure in the plans of new coach Ian Millward.
Castleford have forfeited the right to recall Mathers during 2012 and say he will be allowed to play against them.
Wakefield coach Richardb Agar said: “Richard will bring a number of qualities to our club.
“He’s highly respected by his peers and he’s been a winner throughout his career.
“He’ll set a great example as we try and establish our own standards and cultures within the club.”
Mathers said: “It couldn’t have worked out any better really.”
“It’s a whole new squad as we all know. The boys have been back eight or nine weeks now so it will be good to get down to Wales, make a few friends and get into the structures that Richard has spoken about.
“When you’re away for three days in each other’s pockets, it naturally creates a bond and I’m really looking forward to it.”