Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have secured the services of Paul Sykes for the 2014 season with the stand-off signing a new one-year contract.
The 31-year old initially joined the Wildcats on loan from Bradford Bulls in March 2012 before signing a permanent deal to remain at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for the current campaign.
He has been restricted to 16 appearances in 2013 due to a knee injury earlier in the year and most recently a broken leg suffered in the home clash against Widnes Vikings in early July.
Sykes is happy to commit his future to the Wildcats and is keen to make up for a frustrating year.
“It’s been a bit of an up and down season for me personally and I’m looking forward to starting afresh next year and stay the whole season injury me.
“After the first injury I got back playing and just started to get my fitness back then I break my leg. It’s pretty frustrating because I’ve been pretty lucky up until this year with injuries so I’m just looking forward to getting all things right for next year.
“Watching the lads is a bit frustrating because you want to be out there so probably does make you a little bit hungrier.”
Sykes follows in the footsteps of the likes of captain Danny Kirmond and centre Dean Collis in extending their deals during the current campaign, and he says it’s good for the club moving forward to have a core group of players tied down to deals.
He also revealed that he hasn’t given up home of returning to action before the end of this year.
“We have got a strong, tight-knit bunch of lads and it’s probably the best bunch of lads I’ve ever played with. It’s good for the club that all those boys are staying for next year and the foreseeable future.
“I got the pot off yesterday so I can start doing my rehab and the doctor says I can start running in 7-10 days.
“I’m going to try and get back for the last couple of games. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t then I’ll have to focus on next year.”
Sykes has signed up for 2014 as the Wildcats look to build on their progression of the last two seasons. You too can commit for next season by taking up one of the new Membership options.
This year there’s the opportunity to pay for some of the Membership packages over up to eight months if you sign up in August, whilst the new Platinum package gives supporters a great list of benefits.
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