Wakefield Wildcats prop Justin Poore can’t wait to “chuck on the Wildcats colours” in the Heatshot Festive Challenge on Boxing Day as Trinity travel to face Leeds Rhinos.
The Australian prop arrived in Wakefield at the start of December and has been settling into life at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. The former New South Wales Origin man signed from Parramatta Eels with the Wildcats being just his third club at the age of 27.
The no-nonsense powerhouse has been brought in to add size to the pack after head coach Richard Agar signalled the position as an area for improvement in 2013. Poore has been handed the number 8 jersey by Agar and has impressed during pre-season training with the Wakefield supporters just days away from seeing him in action for the first time. The man himself says it has been a great start to life in West Yorkshire.
“I’ve settled in really well and it’s been great, the boys are real good and I’m really enjoying being here, I’m certainly having a lot of fun,” said Poore.
“It’s been easy, this is my third side and this is by far the easiest I’ve slotted in to. The boys have been asking me to go for coffees and meeting up so it’s been good.
“It’s been different, I was a lot more nervous and I felt more pressure when I went to Parramatta but over here it’s a new country, a new start and I feel so excited to start playing that by excitement and pleasure to be here has sort of foreshadowed the nervousness. I’m really looking forward to Boxing Day and the blokes we have around us is the difference, it’s a great community and I’m enjoying being here.”
Comparisons between Super League and NRL are often been drawn and now the prop has had a taste of English rugby league he says there isn’t much difference.
“I would say it is on par with the NRL, the boys train as hard, they are as mobile and over here they are probably stronger than the NRL boys and rip in, I really do love training with them.”
The traditional Boxing Day fixture is once again against the current Super League champions and Poore is eager to have some game time, despite admitting it will be tough going.
“It will be my first trial to get the legs moving and I will probably be blowing out a bit but I have been training pretty hard so I just want to get out on the pitch, chuck the Wildcats colours on and go for it.
“I have had some really nice comments from the supporters so it is good to have that support and I’m looking forward to showing them what I can do.
“You always play to win and that is no different on Boxing Day. Our main focus is to put our plays together and if we win then brilliant but if we don’t it’s not the end of the world, a win would be a bonus.”
You can purchase your tickets on the gate from Headingley Carnegie priced at £20 adults, £13 concessions and just £5 for juniors.
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