posted on 4 January 2013

Wakefield Wildcats 2012 Player of the Year Tim Smith is eager to arrive in Portugal for the five-day training camp starting tomorrow.

Tim Smith is looking forward to the hard work in Portugal.

The scrum-half was a sensation in the previous campaign and showed glimpses of his quality in the Boxing Day defeat to Leeds Rhinos. It was the first time Smith wore the number 7 jersey in the red, white and blue after being promoted alongside half-back partner Paul Sykes.

The squad jet off to their training camp tomorrow morning and the Australian is looking forward to training away on camp.

“We are all looking forward to it, it will bring us all together and hopefully we can have a good time,” said Smith.

“Our preparations for the season have intensified since Boxing Day, It was a good hit-out but obviously the result didn’t go our way. We still got what we needed out of it and we know there are things we need to work on. We’ll go to Portugal and have a look at those things and we play Featherstone next weekend so hopefully we will get out there and give a good account of ourselves.”

12-months ago Richard Agar took his side to the South of France for a camp which proved extremely beneficial and the Aussie back is hoping this year’s camp will be equally as positive.

“The main thing is to get a drier track to train on and getting ball work done before the start of the season. It’s going to be good to get away with all the lads again and enjoy the camp.

“We only have three or four weeks before we start and we have three friendly’s before we start so hopefully we make the most out of them and hit the ground running.

“Our aims are to get back to the little things we need to do right like the combinations going and working on them and the other parts like your kicking and fitness to get yourself going and I think match fitness is key to get as fit as you can before the first game of the season.

“The pitches are really good over there so we’ve been looking forward to this for a while now and getting our self ready for Bradford at the start of February,” said the Wakefield Wizard.

The favourable conditions will suit the clubs half-backs as extra time can be spent on skill sessions with the pitches being marked out the same dimensions as the ones at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. The Wildcats try assist machine says he’ll be working with new signing Bobbie Goulding and the other pivots while setting goals for the team in 2013.

“Bobbie is a young bloke who’s came here from Warrington so there’s him, myself, Syksey and Isaac who are always out there doing little extras. I think Portugal will be good for us because we will be able to learn a bit more out about each other.

“I think we have obviously came a long way, we had a very good run home last year and making the play-offs was good for the club but that’s last year now. We only have three new players so there are no excuses about combinations we have to get out on the field and do it. We’re looking forward to the start off the season, it’s going to be tough because teams are going to be expecting what we can do but I think we’re all up to it.”

The next fixture at the home of the Wildcats is against Featherstone with tickets starting for £10 members, £12 non-members and £5 for all concessions and juniors. Hospitality is available for the only home pre-season friendly for just £45 with all the details HERE.

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