Frankie Mariano believes the Wildcats have everything to play for in 2012 and says the sky’s the limit for the new-look squad.
Mariano impressed in his first full season at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium after joining from Hull KR where he spent almost a decade in their junior and finally first team ranks.
He was one of the Wildcats best performers early in the campaign before some niggling injuries hampered him in the second half of Super League XVI, with the back-rower keen for an injury free 2012 to build on what he says was a valuable debut year of regular first grade action.
“I had a couple of injuries but the doctor sorted me out to get through the season so it’ll be good to get a full season under my belt with no medical problems.
“It’s totally different,” said Mariano of the step-up to Super League.
“I think it has made me mature more and understand the game of rugby league better. I was chucked in at the deep end and I had to get on with it.
“The physical side you get used to and your body gets used to taking the hits when you’re playing week-in, week-out.
“Mentally, having to get over your losses was probably the toughest thing.
Mariano made 23 Super League appearances for Trinity in 2011, crossing the whitewash on six occasions, and with a host of new faces coming into Head Coach Richard Agar’s squad, Mariano has a simple target.
“I want to make the squad and just give 100% every week.
“We’ve made some good signings and it makes me want to train harder and get into the squad.
“The sky’s the limit this year. We’ve made some great signings and new coaching staff so we’ve got everything to play for.”
Mariano and other members of the Wildcats squad will report for pre-season training on Tuesday under the guidance of Agar and Assistant Coaches James Webster and Glenn Morrison.
Former Assistant Coach, Paul Broadbent has declined the clubs offer to remain on the coaching staff with Chief Executive, James Elston paying tribute to his contribution to the Wildcats.
“Paul was an important part of the coaching team under John Kear and made a significant contribution to the clubs progress in recent years.
“Everyone at the club wishes him all the very best for future and goes with our sincere thanks for what he has done for the Wildcats in his time with us.”
Anticipation is continuing to build for Super League XVII and you can make sure you’re ready by purchasing your Gold Membership now and guaranteeing you will be at every regular season home game in 2012.
Buy before December 1st and your Gold Membership is just £100 for adults, £80 for concessions and £20 for juniors.
If the club reaches 4,000 Gold Members by December 1st then all members will go into a draw to join the team and Directors on the trip to Catalans Dragons next season as a VIP guest.
Gold Memberships can be bought by visiting the Wildcats Superstore at the Ridings Shopping Centre on Doncaster Road, by calling 01924 211611 or online by clicking HERE.
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