Following the announcement that Frankie Mariano will join Castleford Tigers at the start of next season the back-rower is keen to finish his Wildcats career on a high.
The Hull KR academy product arrived at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in 2011 and helped the club reach the playoffs in 2012 after a strong end to the season.
During his time with the club the 26-year-old has faced stiff competition for a place in the team and after recently forcing his way back into side, he is looking to go out with a bang.
“I have really enjoyed my time here, the fans have been awesome and the boys and coaching staff have been absolutely brilliant to work with.
“I have never known a team to be so close knit, so I’m sad to leave but that’s rugby league for you. I want to finish the season strong and perform well.”
Following Monday’s win over Widnes, the Wildcats now have great momentum going into the final seven games having won their last four Super League matches.
Despite a poor performance on Monday, Mariano believes picking up the win was the most important thing and they now must focus on improving the areas which let them down.
“The two points were the main thing and it’s what we needed, it was a bit patchy but we know where we went wrong. We need to be better than that to make the top eight so we’ll correct the things that we need to and kick on from there.
“We know that when we do play our best game we dominate teams so we just need to correct our wrongs and we will be alright.”
The Hull-born man has featured in the starting line-up for Richard Agar’s men in each of the last three games, making a strong impact and impressing many spectators.
In two of those three games though the predominantly second-row forward has had to play in the centre position due to injuries to Dean Collis. He says he has adapted to the role well mainly thanks to his team-mates.
“It’s easier on the lungs a little bit playing there but obviously it’s a lot harder speed wise and decision making, but the boys really helped me out and talked me through it so it was good.
“They made it a lot easier for me, they put me in the right positions and told me which lines to hit so we all worked together and helped each other out.”
The Wildcats now face a ten day break before back-to-back matches against Leeds and Mariano says he would prefer to be out there playing rather than having a week off.
“I would rather be playing me, obviously I’ve missed quite a few games this year so I like to play but a few of the boys will be excited for the rest so it will be good for them.
“The boys all know they are going to use this time off in the right way and obviously get a good rest and come back fighting.”
Wildcats Chief Executive, James Elston commented: “Frankie’s been a popular member of the club since joining in 2010 and we made him an offer to keep him here.
“As is his prerogative, he chose the contract offer put on the table by Castleford Tigers and come the end of the season we’ll wish him well for the future.
“For now though he is still very much a Wakefield player and we know he’ll be giving his all to help us make the play-offs.”
The Wildcats next away game is against Leeds Rhinos on Friday 19th July with tickets priced at £20 adults, £13 for students/seniors (65+) and £12 for juniors (15 & under).
Make sure you purchase your tickets for this game by visiting the Wildcats retail outlets at either the Rapid Solicitors Stadium or Ridings Centre Store or alternatively call 01924 201548.
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