Kyle Amor hopes he has proved his fitness ahead of Sunday’s Super League opener against Bradford Bulls at the Provident Stadium.
The prop made his first outing since last season’s play-off at Headingley Stadium after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction in the close season.
Amor was a consistent performer for the Wildcats in 2012, second only to Player of the Year Andy Raleigh in metres made by Wakefield’s forwards. Now the Cumbrian hopes that he will be part of the squad that takes on the Bulls as Super League XVIII makes its eagerly anticipated start.
“For me it was good,” said Amor after yesterday’s win over Doncaster.
“The second stint I felt it but that’s what these games are for. When you’re tired you’ve just got to push through and that’s how you get fit. Hopefully I’ve done enough to earn myself a place next week.
“Every year that I’ve been here I’ve wanted to try to improve each game and that’s what I’m going to try and do again. I’m a lot more aware now of what Rich wants from me so whilst it’s going to take another week or two to get that game fitness up, I’m looking forward to being part of this group and doing well for the club.
“I feel really good. I had it in the back of my mind that I’d had a shoulder reconstruction and how to approach the game but it went well. I grew more confident as the game went on and I felt pretty good.
“I had my other shoulder done in my first year at Leeds but this was a lot bigger operation than that. It’s been pretty frustrating because I love training and its been tough just watching from the sideline. To be fair, I’ve only really started training last week.
“I haven’t had many field sessions in me at all so it was just good to get some minutes in my legs.”
Head coach Richard Agar said after the game that the result was of no importance to him at the Keepmoat Stadium and Amor agreed that it was a useful exercise in getting back into some good habits ahead of the big kick-off.
“We watched the video back last week of the game against Saints and we weren’t happy with a fair bit of stuff. Rich wanted a more committed and a smarter performance and I think we did that. Let’s not get carried away but it was Doncaster, with all due respect to them. It was good that we stuck to our game plan, especially in the first half where I thought we were really good.
“We got what we wanted out of the game so hopefully just have a good week’s training and build on it for Bradford.”
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