Homegrown hooker Matty Wildie has agreed a new one-year deal with the Wildcats.
The 23-year old has extended his stay with his hometown club into an eigth season as a full-time professional having first come through the ranks of Trinity’s Academy setup, captaining the under 18′s side to the title in 2009.
With 28 Super League appearances to his name, Wildie has been a dependable member of the squad under Richard Agar and featured eight times in Super League in 2013 including the final day victory over Castleford Tigers.
“It’s a big year for me and hopefully I can be playing consistently well and play a lot more games than I have in previous years,” said Wildie.
“You sign a contract to be in the team week-in, week-out and all the hard work in pre-season goes towards playing through the season. Hopefully I can string a few more games together and play throughout the year.
“As a 23 year old you want to be playing week-in, week-out. You’re looking to kick on in your career at that stage. I wanted to be loyal to the club and we’re obviously going through a tough time. Hopefully we can put things right on the field and put it all behind us.”
Wildie has seen plenty of comings and goings during his time at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, both on and off the pitch. As someone who has experienced it all before, he says the core team spirit developed during the last two seasons in particular will be key to the club moving forward.
“We just need to stay tight as a group and we’ll get through this. We have done before and the club is good at putting people together that form a tight group. We’ll keep doing that and look forward to the season.”
Wildie is an example of Academy products getting the opportunity at first team level and with a large number of the Academy squad now training full-time as part of the Sport and Education Academy, Wildie believes the future of the club is built on a sound footing.
“It’s really good for them. I was fortunate enough to come in and train full-time at 17. For kids to come in at 16 is good for them mentally and physically and it’ll help them prepare a lot quicker and get them out on the field a lot quicker.”
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