posted on 2 February 2014

Wildcats half-back Paul Sykes was pleased with the Wildcats improvements in the friendly win over Hunslet Hawks.

Paul Sykes contributed 14 points to the Trinity total against Hunslet Hawks.

Two weeks ago the Wildcats were outdone by Featherstone Rovers and had to wait for the opportunity to work on the areas of that performance after the friendly against Huddersfield Giants fell victim to the weather seven days ago.

Trinity put in a more assured display against the Hawks with Sykes contributing 14 points including a second half try where he showed neat footwork to beat the defensive line.

He believes the showing sets the squad up nicely for this week’s camp in north Wales ahead of the start of the new First Utility Super League campaign on February 16th against Salford Red Devils.

“We were just focussing on improving after our last game against Featherstone,” said Sykes after the match.

“We were looking to improve in certain areas and I think we did that today.  We played with a lot of communication and we played direct.

“We’ve got this under our belt now and we’re going into camp in a couple of days.  Once we get a few bodies back then we can really look forward to the start of the season.

“I think there’s still room for improvement in certain aspects of my game and I just want to better myself week after week.”

Sykes was one of those to be protected by head coach Richard Agar after around 45 minutes, meaning the Wildcats spent much of the second half with a young side on the field that, at one stage, included nine players who are either on or have been part of the clubs youth development programme.

“The young boys did themselves proud today,” said Sykes, one of the more experienced heads in the squad.

“They really dug in there and especially Max (Jowitt) and Jordy (Crowther).  They’ve come on leaps and bounds in this pre-season and I wouldn’t be surprised if they get a shout at some point this season.”

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