Kevin Henderson has paid tribute to the club, fans and the city of Wakefield as his time as a Wildcat comes to an end.
After first playing in the red, white and blue midway through 2005 after signing from Leigh Centurions, the Scotland international has been a committed performer for the club and part of a Challenge Cup semi-final, a first Super League home play-off and scored a try in the ‘Million Pound Match’ against Castleford Tigers.
Henderson says he has enjoyed his time in West Yorkshire and will leave with fond memories.
“I’ve had six-and-a-half good seasons and I’ve enjoyed every moment,” he said.
“We’ve had our ups and downs of course but I can’t say a nice enough word about the club, the fans and the city as a whole. It’s been a really big part of my life for almost seven years and I wish the club every success in the future.”
Henderson points to the Cup semi-final against Hull FC at the Keepmoat Stadium as one of his most memorable matches in Wildcats colours, but it was the winner-takes-all clash against local rivals Castleford that will live longest in the memory of both him and Wakefield supporters.
“It was a really tense week leading into the game and there was a lot of media around me and my brother playing against each other as well.
“I remember the game being just like the week leading up to it, really tense. I managed to grab one of the clinching tries and I’d probably put that down as one of the highlights of my career.”
The 30-year old will be well remembered by fans as the man who would regularly put his hand up to do the hard yards on the field, and he left the final word with the supporters who have backed him throughout his time at the club.
“The fans have been great,” said Henderson.
“The crowds are smaller than in Australia but they’re so much louder and I can’t thank them enough for the support they’ve given me.
“I tried to give my all out on the field and hopefully repay them for all the support they gave me.”
Everyone at the club wish to thank Henderson for his fantastic contribution to the club over almost seven seasons and wish him all the very best for the future.
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