posted on 14 August 2014

Matt Ryan is already looking ahead to getting stuck into pre-season training for 2015 after shoulder surgery just over two weeks ago.

Matt Ryan has been a consistent performer in his first season at the Wildcats.

The Australian was one of a trio of new signings to arrive just days before the start of the First Utility Super League campaign and his outstanding work rate in his debut against Salford Red Devils set the tone for his first season in Wildcats colours.

Ryan went on to play in every game from that point on, switching between second-row and centre as required and turned in a number of solid performances before an ongoing shoulder problem saw the 26-year old require a shoulder reconstruction just over two weeks ago.

Whilst disappointed to miss out on the end of season run-in, Ryan was relatively satisfied with his first season in the northern hemisphere and you can listen to the interview in full HERE.

“It (Super League) is everything I expected,” said Ryan, who crossed for 4 tries including the match winner on his birthday against London Broncos as his parents watched on from the crowd.

“It’s tough, good players everywhere and just the size of everyone, they’re huge.  It’s been a good year, so I’m happy.

“I had some good games and I had some bad games.  I got lucky enough to play in all of the games but it was disappointing not to be closer to getting in the semi’s and not finish the season but I’m still happy with some of the games I played in.”

For Ryan, his personal focus now switches to rehabilitation and being ready to take a full part in pre-season training ahead of a 2015 campaign where competition for the top eight spots is set to be even more fierce under the exciting new league structure.

The Wildcats have already added Mickael Simon, Craig Hall and Matty Ashurst to the squad and Ryan is confident that with a settled pre-season the Wildcats can have a strong 2015.

“I’ll be back and get a full pre-season into me which will be good with our squad coming together.

“I still reckon the boys have got a big chance of making the play-offs this year, it’s just disappointing that I can’t be there to help out.  With the new signings and we’ll get a full pre-season, things are looking good for next year.  Especially having Webby (James Webster) here as well, he gets us for a pre-season and how he wants us to play so it’s all good signs.”

His gutsy displays have endeared Ryan to the Wildcats supporters and he is already relishing performing in front of them again in 2015.

“The fans here are outstanding.  The atmosphere we get at this ground and just around the community is really good.  They’ve welcomed us through the good times and the bad times and you don’t see that very often.  Wakefield fans are always supportive so it’s really good.

“I’m really looking forward to playing again.  I can’t wait to get this rehab all done, get to 100% and start again.”

You can make your own preparations for 2015 by buying your season ticket when they go on sale on September 1st 2015.

Your 2015 season ticket guarantees entry to 14 home games and with the option to spread the cost over six monthly instalments, you can manage the cost.  For full details click HERE.


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