RALEIGH: WE’RE NOT TOO FAR OFF

posted on 9 March 2012

Former Giants prop Andy Raleigh believes his new club aren’t too far away from adding points on the league ladder to go with their performances.

Andy Raleigh will face his former club the Giants on Sunday.

After seven years at the Galpharm Stadium Raleigh made the switch across West Yorkshire to be part of the new era at the Wildcats and will come up against his former teammates for the first time this Sunday.

After three defeats in their opening four games, the Wildcats sit on just two points but the Trinity faithful can take encouragement from the performances their new-look side have put in so far.

It’s for that reason that Raleigh is sure it won’t be long before the Wildcats turn performances into points.

“If we do what we’ve been doing recently then we’re not far off,” said Raleigh.

“We lost by four points last week but I thought we played pretty well.

“I’m not a massive stat fan but by all accounts we’ve done very well in the stats, winning the metres and defensive wins.

“We’re going in the right direction.  If we stick with doing things like that and get our systems right then we’re in with a chance.

“The sooner we get the win the better really, everyone knows that.

“But everyone’s also aware that 18 new players coming into a club, it takes a little while to gel.  It takes a bit of time, especially with half-backs and people timing runs off them.

Tickets for the game against the Giants are on sale now.

“We don’t want to be saying this halfway through the year but I think at this point in the year we’re going in the right direction and it will click.

“I think if the performances are good we’re going to be happy with that.  Obviously we don’t want  to get battered in games and say ‘well, we’ve been performing well’.

“We need to get points on the league table so hopefully that’s going to be coming too.”

Raleigh knows Sunday’s visitors better than most and knows that it will be the toughest test of the season so far.

“They’re in some good form and have players across the park who are world class.

“Obviously being there seven years I know that they’re very well drilled and they’ll be coming here to have another good game.

“It’s going to be tough but I’m looking forward to it.

“I think a lot of the lads know each other so there’s a bit of banter going around by texts and Twitter as well.

“It adds a little bit of spice to it.”

Richard Agar has today announced his 19-man squad with just one change to last week’s named for the trip to Hull with Matty Wildie replacing Liam Kay.

19-man squad: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Wood, Wilkes, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Southern, Washbrook, Aiton, Johnson, Kirmond, Smith, Wildie, Trout, Walshaw.

Tickets for Sunday’s game are on sale and still available for just £15 if you’re an adult Silver member.

Silver membership costs just £30 and entitles you to pre-sale discounts on every home game of the season.

For more information and to buy your membership or individual match ticket visit the Wildcats Retail Outlet in the Ridings Shopping Centre, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or by calling 01924 201548.

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