Wakefield Wildcats can confirm that Bobbie Goulding has today signed a one-year deal at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Goulding came through the ranks at Warrington, joining the Wolves at the age of 15 on a scholarship he went on to join the academy set-up two years later where he impressed enough to be selected for the England academy sides in both 2010 and 2011.
The Widnes born youngster played alongside fellow new recruit Reece Lyne in his time with the national side to underline the potential of the two new first team players that will be fighting for a place in Richard Agar’s team.
Goulding was part of the successful 2012 Warrington Under 20’s side that beat Leeds 36-20 in the Valvoline Cup final with the scrum-half kicking six of his seven attempts at goal to end the season with some silverware. He also featured in both fixtures against Wakefield including helping his side to a 26-6 victory by scoring 10 points at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in May.
The son of former Great Britain and Wakefield player Bobbie Goulding Snr has already been training with the squad for three weeks and he admits he’s delighted to be on-board with the Wildcats.
“I’m made up to sign up for the first team at Wakefield. It didn’t go so well at Warrington but I’m really looking forward to getting my chance and proving myself at the highest level which is Super League.
“I had a couple of options, even from rugby union as well but my loyalties are with rugby league and I’ve wanted to play for Wakefield because when I was growing up my dad was here. I had a meeting with Richard (Agar) before I went on holiday at the end of last season and everything about the club seems dead positive and it’s on the up and I really can’t wait to get going.
“Rich comes across as a top bloke and with me being a half-back just like he was it helped. I want to be coached by half-backs because they can relate to my position and tell me what to do in different situations.
“I have come down here to get in the team, I’ve not come here to be sat on the sideline watching. I want to be playing and although I’m one of the youngest guys in the squad hopefully I get the chance to prove myself and maybe get a few first team appearances under my belt towards the start of the year.
“I have had a good chat with Rich and he’s told me the doors open and it’s up to me to take the chance when I get it so when that chance comes I’ll take it with both hands and grab the bull by the horns.
“I’m just looking for the opportunity to improve myself. I will be out there practicing my kicking everyday and hopefully I’ll get the goal kicking spot and push for the first team spot.”
Meanwhile, comparisons are bound to be drawn with his father who was a GB regular in the 1990s and also played for the Wildcats at the turn of the millennium but as Goulding Jnr explains, they are two very different people.
“My dad is number one and he knows that, he helps me out with everything and he looks after me because I’m his son but we’re good mates as well.
“I am my own player and I’m my own person but if I can be half as good as what my dad was then I’ll be made up with that. I don’t feel any pressure because I’m not living in his shadow, I play different to my dad. We’ve got completely different personalities because I’m more like my mum. I’m quite quiet while my dad’s not so quiet so we are different.”
Trinity head coach Agar is delighted to bring such an exciting prospect to the club.
“Bobbie is a very talented half-back who possesses terrific skill and a very astute kicking game. He’s a player that’s got lots of development in front of him, his pathway was blocked a little bit with the amount of quality players in front of him at Warrington but we feel he is very much a player for the future in the specialist position of a half.
“We can give him time to mature and develop as a player and one thing he has got is a terrific attitude to the game and he’s very level headed, fit and he’s made a very good first impression on us.
“There was a number of clubs interested in his services so we’re very, very pleased that he thinks Wakefield is the place where he can develop his game.
“While it’s initially a year we’re hoping it’s going to be a lot longer and he can develop into a strong player in the future. Our halves in Timmy and Syksey played really well last year and with those two, Woody (Kyle Wood), Bobbie and Isaac John we have some genuine quality cover.”
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