Wildcats fans favourite Frankie Mariano is hoping to kick on from his comeback performance against Salford into the final ten games of the season.
The second-row forward returned to Richard Agar’s team after a spell out at Featherstone which helped him regain his form and fitness. The former Hull KR man started off the bench and predominantly played at prop due to the injury situation at the club with Andy Raleigh and Taulima Tautai on the treatment table.
Mariano helped his side to a 46-10 victory at the Salford City Stadium which has kept Wakefield in the hunt for a play-off place at the end of the season. The towering 26-year-old has only made six appearances this term and he was delighted to be back wearing the famous red, white and blue.
“It felt great to be back with the boys, I’ve been putting a lot of hard work into training and it paid off against Salford with me finally being back in the squad.
“It has been a little bit frustrating for me but I’ve been doing my best to get back into the team. I went out to Featherstone and that got my match fitness up which was lacking at one point and I needed that on Monday.
“I went alright and I did my best there and it is different playing in the front-row than it is on the edges, my lungs lasted as long as they could, I got my second wind and started to enjoy it!”
Mariano spent time at Rovers where he was in consistent try scoring form and even featured in the centres but he admits the Rapid Solicitors Stadium is where he wants to be.
“I haven’t been in the team for a couple of months now so it was a relief to get back in the team and now I want to stay in too.
“It was a great performance, we all worked hard for each other and there was a great spirit which was rewarded by a good win.”
The Wildcats have enjoyed some time off since the win at Salford and the week off for playing leaves Mariano with mixed feelings.
“The week off has come at a good time for the team so we can get our bodies right for the big game against London but personally I want to keep playing to get some consistency in my game but that will come, there are plenty more games before the end of the season.
“I want to play every week until the end of the season and work towards next year with my contract situation but before then I need to work on my consistency and prove that I can do it.”
Mariano is hoping to once again be named in the team next weekend as Trinity host London in a gem that is set to celebrate the clubs 140th anniversary.
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