Wakefield centre Lee Smith is getting used to life as a Wildcat after making his move from Leeds Rhinos a permanent one last Friday.
The 2008 Harry Sunderland winner signed a deal to keep him at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium until the end of the 2013 season after just one game of his loan spell in the red, white and blue.
The deal was completed on transfer deadline day and Smith celebrated in the best way possible, scoring a try to secure a first victory in five games by beating Huddersfield 35-14 last Sunday.
The England international has since had time to reflect on the events of the last week and explains the two points were well earned at the Galpharm.
“I think we did all of the hard work in the first half,” said Smith.
“They had the wind behind them and they have a great kicker in Danny Brough and our back three played really well on the kick returns too. They scored a couple of tries from our errors in the first half, one of them was from me but when we got down their end of the field we caused them some troubles.
“We are a dangerous team when we get good field position and the boys executed the plays very well last week. It’s good when you get a roll on like we did last week.
“It is always nice to score but as long as we get the win that’s all I’m bothered about. I am still a bit rusty and I need to get into shape and get back to where I think I can play. I’ve only played twice in about ten weeks so I need a run of games and then hopefully I will be back to where I believe I can be.”
In his first interview since joining the Wildcats on a full-time basis, the three time Grand Final winner is looking ahead to the future, starting with the visit of his old team this Monday.
“We made the deal permanent last Friday so that’s out of the way now and I am just concentrating on playing week in, week out. It doesn’t come much harder than Monday when I will get the chance to play against my old mates but that goes to the back of my mind.
“I’m a Wakefield player and I have to do a job for the club. I really feel we can cause them some problems. If we can get them down in their end we can cause any team problems.”
Tickets for the first Monday night game at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium are on sale now with a pound from each ticket going to Wakefield Hospice and the Wildcats playing in a special one-off kit, with the match worn shirts going up for auction next week to raise further funds.
The match will also see a live performance from Frances Wood, fresh from her appearance at Party in the Park last weekend after her appearance in the live finals of BBC1’s The Voice.
Buy your tickets in the Ridings Centre Store, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, online or by calling 01924 201548.