Wildcats prop Andy Raleigh has signed a new one-year contract that will keep him at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium until the end of 2014.
Wakefield’s 2012 Players’ Player of the Year has been a consistent performer since joining from Huddersfield Giants at the start of the 2012 season, making 35 Super League outings in the red, white and blue.
The 32-year old has notched up 150 Super League appearances in over seven seasons at the two West Yorkshire clubs and will add to that tally after agreeing to extend his stay at the Wildcats.
After a successful first 18 months at the club where Raleigh has been a mainstay of the Wildcats side, he says extending his stay was an easy decision.
“I’ve enjoyed myself here and the way things went last year, we had a great season,” said Raleigh.
“I’m still enjoying it and want to be playing well for Wakefield. I’m more than happy to sign again.
“Personally, I don’t think it could have gone any better. Last year, making the play-offs and personally I had a decent year as well and I felt my form was as good as it had ever been.”
Raleigh’s recovery from post-season knee surgery meant a disjointed first half of the season and he concedes he may have come back too early, but feels his form is steadily improving and he is hoping the Wildcats can make a march on the top eight.
“I’m getting there. It’s probably taken me about a month to properly get back into it after I hurt my knee. After tearing my medial, perhaps I came back a week or two early, but everybody is keen to get back playing and I’m no exception, I wanted to get back out there. Unfortunately it’s just taken a little bit of time to get back.
“Every game’s important but perhaps you need to be looking at teams that are around you to get some wins. I think everybody is excited to play this week. The following week is a big week with the Magic Weekend so everyone is really excited.”
“Andy was very consistent last year and we feel he is getting back to his best,” said Wildcats boss Richard Agar.
“His experience and consistency have been strong assets to us in his time here and we’re glad to have that for another season.”
You can listen to a full interview with Raleigh on the Wildcats SoundCloud account by clicking HERE.
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