Wildcats winger, Peter Fox, was excited by the performance of the new-look squad against Castleford Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
The England international was part of the Trinity side that put in a hugely encouraging showing against their local rivals, running in eight tries in a 40-20 success less than two weeks ahead of the start of the Stobart Super League season against Widnes Vikings.
Fox’s fledgling partnership with Dean Collis showed signs of promise and the former Hull KR winger was encouraged by the potential of that and the team as a whole.
“I’m really, really excited,” Fox said after the game.
“Dean Collis reminds me of Matt Gidley with the way he gets the ball, skips over, draws the other winger in and passes. I think a bit of fine tuning there and there could be a few tries coming down our side.
“All we need to do is get our forward pack getting us the go forward, use the wingers and centres to carry the ball and if we all work for each other then it proved today that Isaac and Smithy played well off the back of that.
“They controlled us, told us exactly where to go and created the gaps that created the tries.
“It’s exciting but we’ve got to be consistent in that, play well in our next friendly and build-up for Widnes.”
The winger was playing in his second game after close season shoulder surgery and after a disappointing team showing against Catalans Dragons, Fox admitted that he and the other players were keen to put in a strong performance.
“It might sound bad but I think it was good to get that shock factor from the game in Catalans,” said Fox.
“We played terribly and to be honest with you, it was a bit embarrassing.
“We wanted to prove a point, work for each other and I think we did that.
“I really enjoyed it. I’m feeling fitter and I’ve trimmed down loads. At the start of last year I was a stone heavier then I am now so that just proves it.
“We’re a good attacking side and a close knit group of lads.
“All we wanted to do today was get a performance. There will still be a few things that we need to sharpen up on but we looked like a team today so that’s really exciting.”
The Wildcats are next in action on home turf against Fox’s former club Hull KR on Sunday 12th February (kick-off: 3.30pm).
Gold, Silver and Bronze match memberships all remain on sale, as are individual match tickets in-store and online.
Tickets and travel are both also on sale for the opening round game against Widnes Vikings (Friday 3rd February, kick-off 8pm) with a big away following expected.
The club have already filled four Away Travel Club coaches with prices just at £7 for members and £8 non-members.
Tickets and travel can be bought in the Ridings Centre Store, at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium or by calling 01924 201548.
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