Promising youngster, Jordan Crowther has signed a four-year contract with the Wildcats until the end of 2017.
Crowther, who turned 17 just over two weeks ago, made his debut at Champions Wigan Warriors last week and in doing so became the second youngest forward ever to represent the club.
It has been a whirlwind 12 months for Crowther who just last year was a member of the Wildcats unbeaten under 16’s Scholarship squad before signing his first full-time deal in pre-season.
An England Youth international, Crowther is a product of the Westgate Wolves amateur club and he is thrilled to have committed his future to his hometown club.
“It’s the only club I’ve ever wanted to play for since I was young so to get a long contract is great,” said Crowther.
“It’s been a crazy year to go from playing amateur and one Academy game, straight to playing against the Champions. It’s just crazy how time goes by. It’s a dream come true job – it’s what I used to do as a hobby after school and now I’m getting paid to keep fit and do something I love.
“I just want to keep pushing and train as hard as I’m doing. I’d like to make a few more appearances this year if I could but that’s all down to how I train and how hard I work.”
Crowther looked far from phased making his debut against one of the most fearsome packs in the competition and says his maiden first team outing is one he’ll never forget.
“There were just short of 12,000 there so there’s no better place to make your debut. It took a while to sink in and I was quite nervous but more excited than nervous. There’s going to be some fear in there going up against Wigan and the size of the pack they’ve got.
“As soon as I took the first drive and made my first tackle it just all fitted into place and sunk in a bit. People like Ali Lauitiiti and Danny Kirmond are probably the main reason I’ve come this far. Getting knowledge and experiences from them has been big for me.
“My first proper pre-season was very tough. It’s been draining with 6.30am starts and getting flogged as soon as we come in. It’s been a good laugh though but you’ve got to work hard too.
“The main thing is getting experience and knowledge off them (the senior players) because look where they are. They’ve got loads of games and trophies between them so the more information and knowledge you get from them the better.”
“We think he’s a player of immense promise,” said Wildcats head coach, Richard Agar.
“The improvement in him and Max Jowitt has been terrific in terms of their physical development, their skill development and their attitude to becoming full-time players.
“Jordy showed last week that he’s fearless. He got hit hard a few times last week but he kept coming and he got through the line a couple of times and he’s a kid that, for such a young age, is absolutely fearless.
“What makes it a little bit nicer is that he’s a Wakefield die hard. We’re getting a kid that was on the terraces and some of these blokes over the last two or three years have been his heroes and now he’s playing amongst them and doing a really good job of it.
“He’s a tough kid, he’s always got a big smile on his face, he’s willing and eager to learn and we think Jordan and Max are players of real potential. For all his ability, he’s a genuinely nice kid and that counts for a lot when you’re coming into a senior group and all the guys have got a lot of time for him.”