Wildcats under 19′s captain Corbyn Kilday says the squad are fully prepared for the new campaign following a successful pre season.
Kilday, who has represented Scotland at Under 18’s level, will lead the team out in their opening game at the Provident Stadium tonight against Bradford Bulls, with the game given the go ahead following a pitch inspection this morning.
It will be the first time the new under 19’s team have played together although many of the squad were part of the under 18’s Academy last season.
Kilday was chosen as captain at it is a role he is honoured to have.
“It was a very proud moment; I’ve played for Wakefield since under 13’s and have been captain through all the scholarships, so to be named captain of the academy just shows how highly they think of me.
“Since I started playing rugby I have always tried to lead by example and getting named captain reflects that.
“Now we don’t have the under 20’s or reserves there is a lot more time and effort being invested into us so it has allowed us to have a stronger team and we’ve had a lot more training this year than in previous years.”
Ryan Hudson and Stuart Dickens have recently joined the Wildcats Youth development programme and Kilday could not speak highly enough of the impact have they had.
“They have been absolutely great. You can go and speak to them about everything and they will tell you straight if you need to improve and what areas you need to improve on. They have brought a lot of knowledge and experience.”
Preparation has not been ideal with the snowy weather over pre-season but the former Normanton Knights junior says the team are still in good shape going into the first game away to Bradford.
“We have tried to prepare as well as we can but obviously with the weather it has been a bit tough. We’re used to Total Fitness though and with all the good indoor facilities in Wakefield we have put ourselves in good stead for the season.
“Everyone has been looking forward to it. We all said at the start of the season we are going to be as closely knit as possible and we’re going to enjoy this year.
“I would say pre-season has gone well enough for us to be confident going into the first game, we’ll just have to see what happens. I’ve got full confidence in the team for us to be able to go and do a job on them.”
Just like the first team, it’s a long, hard season for the under 19’s Academy and the skipper says they have set their stall out to be as successful as possible.
“We’ll be realistic with the goals that we set for the season. We have just got to try and get as many wins as possible and see how high we can get up the table.
“We have spoken more about specific targets going forward and we’ve said if we reach those targets we’ll get a good position on the ladder. We are looking more short term with our goal settings rather than long term.
“I want to be consistent in my own performances and just make an impact at under 19 level and see how far that can progress me. I’m just looking to improve week in, week out.”
The game kicks off at 19:30 and the Coral Stand will be open for refreshments and to view the game as well as the Main Stand. Prices are £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for concessions and Free for 2013 Season Members.
The Wildcats Academy structure is funded by Club 1873, the club lottery programme which offers daily prizes and a weekly cash jackpot of £250. Plus, the next Club 1873 Mega Draw with a £2,000 jackpot is coming up in the next ten days, so there’s no better time to join.
It costs just £2 a week and you’ll be doing your bit to give the best local talent the chance to fulfill their potential and become first team players. Sign up in our retail stores or call 01924 211611.
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