Wildcats centre Lee Smith is looking forward to a big pre-season to lay the foundations for his first full year in the red, white and blue of Wakefield.
The 26-year-old has three Super League Grand Final winners rings to his name after his successful career at Leeds before moving to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in July which was made permanent just weeks later.
The former London Wasps man made nine appearances for the Wildcats after struggling to hold a place in Brian McDermott’s Rhinos team where he featured 14 times in 2012. Smith played his part in the record breaking run of seven straight victories and scored six tries in his nine game spell, including a score in the play-off defeat at Headingley.
Smith has described his transition to Trinity as a successful one.
“I have only been here for nine games, we lost the first and lost the last so the run in between was brilliant. It has been good and I enjoyed myself,” said Smith.
“The lads made me feel really welcome when I came which was the main thing because when you move into a new job you are a bit scared about meeting your new teammates. They were brilliant and that’s all what matters, once you get out on the field it’s all the same.”
Before making his move down the M1 the back admits after he saw a lot of potential in Richard Agar’s squad he was in no doubt the move would be a positive one and discusses returning to pre-season training next week.
“I was the 18th man when Wakefield went to Leeds and I don’t watch too much rugby when I’m not playing and to watch Wakefield in that game and I really thought wow these can really play so to push Leeds to 44-40 was great and they were unlucky not to win.
“Pre-season is awful but it’s good because it does bring you together a lot because you are out there and its very, very tough so you have to stick together. I am looking forward to it.
“That’s where you put it all in the bank with all the fitness and the weights to get your body shape. Everybody’s different to how you want your body for that season. Different people have different positions and they might want to put weight on or lose weight so that puts you in great stead for the season then in the season it’s more about getting knocks and looking after yourself and you can’t get much physical in because of the short turnarounds.
“I think we have to aim to get in the eight (next season) and make it and go to Leeds and give them a shot like we did because we gave them a really good go and I think that’s what we have to aim for.”
The clock is ticking for you to beat the early bird deadline for Gold Memberships if you are to join Smith and the team for all 13 Super League home games. If you purchase before this Wednesday 31st October – adults memberships are just £125, 16-21 year olds £50, concessions £85 and juniors £25 for a year of entertainment at Wakefield’s only professional sports club.
You can purchase yours today by clicking online HERE, visiting the clubs retail outlet at the Ridings Centre Store while the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office is open until 7pm tonight and Wednesday or alternatively calling 01924 201548 / 211611.
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