Hooker Paul Aiton is determined to make up for missing out on last seasons play-offs by securing a spot in the top eight this year.
Aiton was arguably the Wildcats most consistent player until a broken jaw saw him miss the run-in to the end of season knockout stages as the Wildcats embarked on a club Super League record of seven successive victories.
Now the Wildcats prepare to travel to the venue where their journey ended in 2012 on the back of four straight wins, and Aiton has more reason than most to ensure the Wildcats emulate last years feats.
“Footy is a funny thing. It’s not just physical, it’s mental as well,” said Aiton.
“When you’re not in the team or training with the boys then you feel like you’re missing out on something. You feel like you’re letting people down and I don’t know why, but it is how it is.
“I was quite disappointed when I missed out on those wins last year because I felt that I’d played all season and deserved to be in there. But I’m doing it now so hopefully we can do it again.”
The loss of Paul Sykes to a broken leg against Widnes saw Aiton spend time playing at loose-forward, a role he has fulfilled on occasion since joining the Wildcats at the start of 2012.
With Richard Agar keeping his options open as to how Trinity will play their hand with Sykes out, Aiton has said no matter where he plays, he is ready for the challenge of taking on the Champions.
“They always have a vocal crowd and they’re a great team. But I’m quite confident in our boys. I don’t really go into any games double thinking myself. I always go in expecting to play as hard as I can and as we’ve trained on the paddock. I think most of our boys are the same.
“They (Collis and Sykes) are great players and they’ve been influential for us. But at the start of the week we acknowledged they were going to be out and we’ve got other players in there that can do the job. The players that are going to come in are going to do the job.”
Tickets for tonight’s game are no longer on sale for the club but can be purchased on the gate this evening.
Tickets start from £20 adults, £13 for students/seniors (65+) and £12 for juniors (15 & under).
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