New Wildcats signing Jarrod Sammut says he is excited to create some new memories at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Trinity completed a move for the exciting half-back on Friday evening after he was granted a release from Bradford Bulls and he is set to be in the red, white and blue for the next two seasons.
With 22 tries in 23 Super League appearances in 2013 for the Bulls, the signing has immediately captured the imagination of the Trinity faithful as the Wildcats prepare to attempt to defy the pundits and steer clear of the relegation places.
With Scott Anderson, Pita Godinet and Matt Ryan also bolstering the ranks after arriving this week following a wait for visas, the Wildcats squad is taking shape for the campaign ahead.
“I’m looking forward to coming and creating some new memories at Wakefield,” said Sammut, who turns 27 on Saturday.
“It’s a new challenge for me now. I was comfortable at the Bulls but now I’m coming into a new environment with new plays and new calls to learn. I’m going to need to pick things up very quickly but I’m excited for the challenge.
“I’m a person that loves a challenge. I’ve always had people writing me off or saying things like I wouldn’t make it because I’m too small and stuff like that. I like to go out there and prove people wrong and I suppose that gives me the drive to succeed.”
The Maltese international started his first grade career at Penrith Panthers before signing for Crusaders in 2010, stepping off the plane to light up Magic Weekend at Murrayfield with a man of the match display that brought him immediately to the attention of the entire competition.
With a try scoring record of 45 touchdowns in 70 Super League appearances and the ability to create something from nothing, Sammut will bring plenty of flair to the Wildcats ranks. He joins a squad that he is confident can avoid the bottom two places.
“It’s going to be a tough season, there’s no doubt about that but I certainly don’t think we’re going to be too close to the relegation places and I think there’s enough quality at Bradford too that they won’t be.
“I’m not the sort of person to sit back and watch things unfold, I want to go out and make things happen and that’s what’s I intend to do. I think tough times bring the best out of players and makes people step up.”
With only four days between the Wildcats opening game of the season at Salford Red Devils and next Thursday’s home opener, it remains to be seen if Sammut will make his debut against his former club in front of the Sky cameras.
If called upon, he says he is fit and ready. “I never do things easy,” he says with a laugh when questioned about the possibility of lining up against his former teammates.
“It will be a bit strange to be on the other side to Bradford and people I’ve been good mates with for the last three years but that’s just the way it’s happened.”
Almost 700 tickets have been sold for Sunday’s opening game against Salford Red Devils with tickets available on the gate.
Tickets for Thursday’s home opener are also on sale from both the clubs retail stores. With a limited capacity for the opening rounds of the competition, supporters are encouraged to purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.
Supporters can buy at the Ridings Centre Store or the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office. Season tickets also remain on sale, starting at £205 for adults, £130 for concessions, £70 for young people aged 16-21 and £30 for juniors.
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