New arrival, Harry Siejka, says he is keen to repay the faith shown in him by the club after finally arriving in the country.
The Australian half-back agreed a deal with the Wildcats in October but had to wait until just over a week ago for his visa application to be accepted. He was then due to arrive on Thursday afternoon but flight delays made his journey from Australia took almost 80 hours, finally arriving in Wakefield on Saturday evening.
After a long and frustrating wait, the former Aussie Schoolboy international is out to make up for lost time, particularly given he missed a large chunk of 2013 with a serious injury.
“It’s taken a lot of time but I’m happy to be here now,” said Siejka after watching his new teammates for the first time against Catalans Dragons.
“I was training hard by myself but once the visa got knocked back a couple of times it rocked me a bit. I’m really happy that Kath and Rich got something sorted and the visa came through eventually so I’m pretty keen to start playing. They put a lot of faith in me to persist with me for that long so I’m pretty keen to repay the faith.
“It was a bad injury but if anything, the stuff around the visa has given me a lot of time to recover. The nine month spell is the longest I’ve had ever so I feel really fresh and the injury feels fine so I’m itching to go.”
Siejka was among those who looked on as the Wildcats romped to a first win of the season against Catalans and as well as being impressed by the boys in red, white and blue, he was also impressed by the Trinity faithful.
“When they said there was only 4,000 people in the stands I had to look again because it sounded like there was about 20,000.
“It wasn’t a big crowd but they were very, very vocal. That’s not something I’ve seen in an NRL game except maybe semi’s or a Grand Final so it was awesome.”
Listen to the full interview with Siejka HERE.
Siejka is currently available for sponsorship. For more information call 01924 211611.