posted on 24 April 2012

Frankie Mariano hopes he is over a series of niggling injuries after making a try scoring return to the first team against Salford City Reds.

Frankie Mariano scored a first half try in the win over Salford City Reds.

The back-rower impressed for large parts of his first season at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium but a number of injuries have restricted him to just three first team games in 2012, with most of his season so far spent in the under 20′s aiming to get to full fitness.

Speaking to Tuesday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, Mariano is hoping to cement a regular place in the team and says the enforced break for the Challenge Cup this weekend has come at a bad time for him personally.

“It’s nice to be back in the team and hopefully I can keep my shirt now,” Mariano told the YEP.

“That was my third game. I’m disappointed not to have played more, it has been a bit frustrating because niggling injuries have kept me out.

“Now I am injury free I hope I can get some consistency and keep in the squad.”

“For the squad it’s good to have a break.  But, personally, I want to get more consistency, so I’d like to be playing next week.

“It’s not come at a good time for me, but we can get on the training park and work on what we need to work on and rest our injuries, so it is good for the team.”

The Wildcats have just two games in four weeks before Magic Weekend at the end of May when they will face Castleford Tigers for the second derby day of the season on Saturday 26th May (kick-off: 1pm).

Adult Gold Members can see that game plus Warrington Wolves vs. Widnes Vikings and the Hull derby all on one day for a total of just £24 (ticket £15, return travel £9).

Staged at the magnificent Etihad Stadium in Manchester for the first time, this year’s Magic Weekend promises to be every bit as good as those that have gone before.

For full details on tickets and travel click HERE.

Read the full interview with Mariano in Tuesday’s Yorkshire Evening Post.

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