Returning Wildcats prop Oliver Wilkes may have been forced to sit out the trip to France this week but he is loving his time back at the club.
The popular forward is back at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for a second spell in Trinity colours and impressed with a typically committed performance against Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day.
However, ten days ago the new recruit from Harlequins RL was suffering from stomach pains that turned out to be appendicitis and required keyhole surgery to have his appendix removed.
Despite the setback, the Scottish international told Friday’s Wakefield Express that he is loving life back in West Yorkshire.
“I’m so happy to be at Wakefield,” said Wilkes, “I really enjoyed it here last time.
“I love the club and class Wakefield as my second home after Cumbria.
“Things are a lot more professional since the last time I was here.
“It (the club) seems to have come a long way and obviously has new owners, coaching staff and new players.
“I think I’ve developed certain areas of my game since the last time I was here.
“I’ll always be a player who gives 100 per cent in every game and run my heart out for the team.”
You can read the full interview with Wilkes, including his hopes of being ready for the season opener at Widnes in this week’s Wakefield Express.
Wildcats CEO James Elston was also in the media this week as the live studio guest on West Yorkshire Sport Daily.
If you missed what he had to say on all things Wildcats on and off the field then you can listen again by clicking HERE.
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