posted on 7 September 2013

Richard Mathers says that he will stick with the club through these tough times as the team aim to put a tough couple of weeks behind them by gaining victory over local rivals Castleford on Sunday.

Richard Mathers is in for the fight of keeping the Wildcats competitive.

Issues off the field have overshadowed the past week as the departure of Tim Smith has left many to question whether any other Wildcats players may leave the club in the near future.

However the 29-year-old has given head coach Richard Agar a welcome boost by committing himself to the club. He says he wants to build on what he has achieved with the club over the past two seasons.

“I’m fully on board with what Rich has got planned. I think it’s a time of pulling together and making the best of what we have got. Whether we have got bare bones or a strong squad we have got to make the best of whatever the situation is.

“I have been around long enough to see these sorts of situations, maybe not like this but it’s out of our control and is something that will be sorted out further down the line. I’m certainly looking forward to next year and helping out like I have for the last two years, it has been really enjoyable.”

Wakefield appointed Richard Agar as head coach ahead of the 2012 season and with little time or money, he managed to build a squad that has been extremely competitive over two years.

With that in mind, Mathers trusts the Wildcats boss to pull the team through this tough period and feels that although things may look bad at the present time, they can be turned around.

“I think his judgment has been proved to be pretty good in the past where he had a late inclusion to the club but managed to get a squad together that made the play-offs.

“The table shows us sat in 12th and doesn’t look very pretty, with all the external stuff too things do look negative. I don’t see it like that though, as a department we have made massive strides in two years and I think we have done really well.”

The team come into this weekend’s final clash of the season off the back of a bad defeat at Huddersfield but the former Castleford man is confident the team will put in a good showing against his former club.

“Getting beat at Huddersfield by 40 and not managing a single point really sharpens your focus. We have got a massive derby to play against Castleford, I think Daryl Powell has gone in there and got them playing with well.

“We have come back in and had a really good training session out there today. We have worked hard so we’re all geared to give a good performance and are really looking forward to it.”

Tickets for Sunday’s big derby are priced at £20 adults and £12 juniors. Visit the Wildcats retail outlets at either the Rapid Solicitors Stadium or Ridings Centre Store or alternatively call 01924 201548.

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