Impressive Wildcats forward Chris Annakin is eager to make his 10th consecutive appearance in the first team against Hemel on Saturday after a remarkable start to the season.
The 22-year old made his Wakefield bow away at London in February and has gone on to be one of the star performers throughout this campaign which included his first start for the club against Wigan.
Annakin could be forgiven for missing Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup game (kick-off 6pm) due to his extreme work load in recent weeks after playing at least an hour of each match in recent weeks.
The former Shaw Cross Sharks man is not in a mood to relent in his performances, even after an extremely physical game against Warrington.
“It is real tough but I can’t complain,” declared Annakin.
“The more game time I get, the better for me, I enjoy it and hopefully soon I’ll be looking to push out a full 80.
“It was quite tough because it was real fast and Warrington are a big set but I think I managed 60 or 65 minutes so I was pretty pleased with my performance even though I got a bit sloppy towards the end but I can always improve on that.
“I’m gaining loads of confidence from this run of games I’m getting and once we tweak things up a little bit I reckon we’ll put any team to the test.”
The 4th round tie in the cup was a favourable one for the Wildcats after being paired up with the Stags who are in Championship 1. The southerners have started the season strongly though and are joint top of their league after early wins over London Skolars and Gateshead.
Annakin was as pleased as anybody when he saw the draw and admits he is desperate to play in the historic competition.
“I don’t want to say an easy draw but it is probably the best draw we could have asked for. I definitely want to play in the game, I don’t want to miss a game this year now because I want to keep my shirt.
“The cup is really important because if we beat Hemel and get another good draw we could go far in that competition.”
Annakin has risen through the ranks at Trinity and having been around the first team squad for a number of years, he knows the importance of bouncing back after the tight 41-34 defeat against Warrington.
“I don’t think we started real well but as the game went on we gave them a really good game. It’s little things like not beating them to the punch and not catching the ball and not quite executing has cost us but we put up a real good fight.
“That’s the worst kind of game isn’t it, where you could have won or maybe should have won. We are a really united team, we will recover from this and bounce back.”
You can purchase your tickets for the start of the road to Wembley from any of the Wildcats retail stores with adults tickets just £10 with concessions and juniors £5.
Visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre or Trinity Walk or call 01924 211611 / 201548 to secure your place at this Saturday’s game.
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