Wakefield prop Oliver Wilkes has told Wildcats TV there is a positive feeling around the Rapid Solicitors Stadium leading into the crucial clash with Salford at Leigh Sports Village and says it would be a big personal achievement to get the two points.
The Wildcats have remarkably won their last six Super League games and are in pole position to finish in eighth spot with Bradford Bulls posing the only threat as they face Catalan Dragons, hours before Richard Agar’s men face the City Reds.
Wilkes has been a consistent performer off the bench for Trinity creating a big impact which has helped to turn the season around into a hugely progressive campaign. In an insight into what Wilkes told Wildcats TV he explains how comfortable the team are playing alongside each other.
“It was always going to take time for us to gel with 17 or 18 new players and it is difficult to learn how each other plays. Over the last six weeks we have eventually clicked and there was some patches early on in the season where we showed that we played like a team but now it’s clicked its six wins on the bounce and hopefully seven this weekend.
“I am not the coach and I don’t know what it is really but we are enjoying playing and the team is working really hard for each other and we are working hard in training. Everyone gets a long and it’s a good place to be at the moment. Collectively everyone feels the same and its onwards and upwards at the minute.
“We don’t want to limp into the play-offs, we want to go in on a good bit of form. We started training for Salford this Monday and we’ve all worked really hard this week and it’s been a good week and we had a quality session today, everything went well for us so I just hope we can take that into the weekend.,” said Wilkes.
The experienced forward is once again expected to feature against Salford on Saturday and he says if Trinity do reach the play-offs he will be the sole member of the squad who was here back in 2009 when the club last reached the finals.
“I think so, there are a few of the young lads were here last time I was here but as far as first team squad members I am the only one.
“If we win this weekend it will be seven if we get this one and it will be my best Super League run, ever. I’ve gone through seasons and not won seven games!”
Olly Wilkes was speaking to Wildcats TV and you can watch the full, entertaining interview with him HERE where he gives an insightful view on the venue change to Leigh as well as discussing Richard Agar as a Coach of the Year contender, explaining how he’ll be doing his best to avoid the Bradford result and much more.
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