Super League: Wakefield Wildcats looking to strengthen after trimming wage bill
Michael Carter insists the Wakefield Wildcats are now in a position to strengthen after being forced to sell.
Last Updated: 14/11/13 1:02pm
No less than six first-team regulars have departed since the conclusion of the 2013 season, a list that includes the likes of Tim Smith, Paul Aiton, Justin Poore and more recently Ben Cockayne.
Carter is also understood to have rebuffed two offers for captain Danny Kirmond and the Wildcats supremo is happy with their current position, although the club still have £100,000 outstanding.
However, that number is significantly down from the £400,000 quoted by Carter when he assumed control in August, but now he admits that his early figure was well below the reality of the situation.
"There have been things that have come out the woodwork in the last two months since I spoke," he told Sky Sports.
"It probably would have been nearer to £600,000 that we've managed to sort in those two months. Obviously I've sold players in the meantime.
"We need an extra £100,000 to satisfy people that are waiting, and they've been patient I've got to say. They've been patient with us which is good and we feel we can plough our way through this slowly but surely and bring players in at the same time, because the budget now allows us to do that.
"We've got some really big earners off our wage list now and hopefully now the fans will see players coming in rather than going out."
Wakefield are being tipped to struggle in 2014 following the loss of key personnel, however, Carter remains confident the club can battle to avoid the bottom two and possible relegation from Super League.
"If you're saying that at the end of next season 12 teams are staying up and two are going down we're going to be one of the favourites I don't think there's going to be any getting away from that," he continued.
"We feel we're still that we're still in a mix with five or six other teams that we can have a really good battle with next season and make sure that we finish in the twelve."