The club are pleased to announce that 2012 Wildcats Man of Steel and Members’ Player of the Year Tim Smith has signed a contract extension to remain at the Rapid Solicitors until the end of the 2014 season.
The influential half-back was initially brought to Wakefield on a one-year deal and turned out to be one of Super League’s signings of the year and was rewarded with a 12-month extension of his deal in July before committing his future to the club by making that a two-year deal ahead of returning to pre-season training.
Smith finished second in the Super League assist chart with 34 while scoring six tries of his own meaning only Sam Tomkins and Michael Dobson beat his tally of being directly involved with 40 tries in the regular season, underlining his importance to the Wildcats cause. His match winning try against Castleford Tigers was a particular highlight and was chosen as the Kitchens by Designs Try of the Year and will live long in the memory of those at the Etihad Stadium that day.
Commenting on his new deal, which was announced live on Yorkshire Radio this evening, Smith was pleased to be tied up to the club for a further two seasons.
“I am really happy and it’s all about security signing for an extra year. We had a successful season and the club is certainly going somewhere and I really am happy here,” said Smith.
“When you are in this game you don’t want to be on one year deals because you don’t know what is around the corner so I am delighted to get it done and I’m looking forward to the next two seasons playing under Rich Agar.
“We won seven games in a row at the end of the season but to be honest I really enjoyed the whole year, not just that period. At the start of the year we weren’t too far off and it wasn’t like we were getting flogged because it was just small margins we let ourselves down. Once the season progressed and we got to know each other we reaped the rewards for that in reaching the play-offs.”
The team officially start pre-season training next Wednesday and with Australian prop Justin Poore brought into the club, Smith is excited for 2013 while remaining very much a team player.
“I know ‘Poorey’ from playing together as schoolboys and from obviously being a big player in the NRL. I think he’ll be really good for us and something we need as a team moving forward and his leadership will be needed at some stage too.
“It is always good to get achievements like I picked up at the end of the season but to get in the top eight was the real achievement and I’m hoping we can go one step better next season. As long as we have a consistently good showing the results will look after themselves. I am eager to get started.”
The Wildcats have tied down the likes of Kyle Amor, Paul Sykes and Richard Mathers in the off-season to remain at the club, whilst former State of Origin prop Justin Poore will add firepower to the pack. Promising young speedster Reece Lyne has also signed from Hull FC and the squad are set to be backed by over 4,000 Gold Members.
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