Wakefield Wildcats have continued their retention policy by tying down classy Australian centre Dean Collis to a contract that will see him remain at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium until the end of the 2016 campaign.
The 27-year-old joined from NRL outfit Cronulla Sharks for the 2012 season and has arguably been one of the standout players since he arrived in West Yorkshire.
Collis has scored 11 tries this term whilst he has started every game for Richard Agar’s men.
The number three was the first signing for the Wakefield boss after he made 100 appearances in the NRL for West Tigers and Cronulla.
The fans favourite is delighted to commit his future to Trinity.
“I’m really happy to get it out of the way, I always wanted to stay at the club.
“We’ve been in discussions for a few weeks now, I know I’m going to be here for the next three years and I’m really happy with that.
“I’m settled here and I really enjoy the coaches and players, it’s a great group we’ve got here at the moment and I think over the next few years we can really build something exciting.
“Since the start of last year I think the club has come a long way. Finishing off the way we did last year was great for the club and the town and we’ve had a few tough weeks recently but hopefully we can build towards the end of the year.”
‘Deano’ also added Agar was an important factor in his arrival at the club as well as keeping him at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
“That’s a big part, coming over here I’ve really started to enjoy my footie again under Rich, he’s been really good with me along with the whole coaching staff but Rich in particular. I am really close with a lot of the playing group here and we are a close knit group so they were all major factors in me staying here.
“I’ve had a good run over the last few weeks in terms of try scoring but there was a few weeks where I wasn’t happy with the way I was playing but I’m happy now to get the contract out of the way and I feel these last couple of weeks I’m starting to get back to some form.”
Collis has also assisted 10 scores so far this season meaning he has been directly involved in more tries than any other member of the Wildcats squad and he expands on his thoughts.
“I had a frustrating year last year with injury and my goal at the start of the year was to play every game and the coaching staff have been great by looking after by body which has really helped me stay on the field.
“I think this year has been one of my better years, I’m really happy with how I’ve gone so far and I think we are forming a pretty good combination on that right edge. We work really hard during the week on our plays and I love playing with Timmy, Kirmo and Foxy and again that was another factor in me staying because I’m really comfortable with those guys around me.
“I feel now over the next couple of years I can start to play my best footie at this age and I still have plenty of years left in me. The next two or three years could be my best so hopefully if I stay injury free and keep working on my game I can have a few more good years.”
Make sure you celebrate Collis’ contract renewal with him at the Wildcats fun day at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium a week on Sunday as Wakefield entertain London in a day that is set to celebrate Trinity’s 140th year with a fun day getting under way at 11am.
As a thank you the Wildcats have laid on a remarkable offer that see’s adults gain entry for just £5 while children are FREE with the game kicking-off at 3.30pm.
You will need to buy your tickets in advance though as matchday prices are £10 adults and £5 juniors which is still fantastic value!
Visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or Ridings Centre stores or alternatively call 01924 211611.
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