Fans’ favourite Pita Godinet is aiming for the Wildcats to come back bigger and better in 2015.
The Samoan international was one of a trio of players who only arrived in the country days before the start of the Super League XIX campaign in what was a tumultuous pre-season at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Despite his late arrival alongside Matty Ryan and Scott Anderson, Godinet took to Super League instantly, scoring in three of his first five appearances including a brace in the resounding win over Catalans Dragons.
With recruitment close to being finalised for James Webster and pre-season plans in place for two training camps in the UK, Trinity look set to be well prepared for the challenges of the new 12-team Super League. Godinet is confident that can reap benefits for the Wildcats.
“The season did go pretty fast,” admitted the livewire pivot.
“It feels like only yesterday I was sitting outside my house waiting for the mail to get my passport and now I’m booked to go back home and spend some time with the family.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of a season but I think as long as get a pre-season under my belt with the club then we should be up for bigger and better things in 2015.
“With the big players that we’ve signed and a good pre-season under out belt we can gel as a team better and I think we can do wonders next year.
“Next year is going to be tougher because everyone’s going to be fighting for that eight. We can say we’re training hard but every other team is and thinking the same. We’ve just got to come back bigger and better next year.
Despite missing a quarter of the season with a knee injury, Godinet’s performances earned him a share of the fans vote in a social media poll for player of the year with Ryan.
Having started the year at scrum-half, the arrival of Harry Siejka and latterly Tim Smith saw the Samoan international form an effective partnership with Paul McShane at hooker, his pace and sharp footwork proving a handful for opposition defences.
The 26-year old concluded the year at stand-off and admits he was ‘overwhelmed’ to jointly win the accolade and admits he has no preference as to where he plays in 2015.
“I’m just happy to be out there,” said Godinet, who featured in the halves and at hooker for Samoa in Rugby League World Cup 2013 and is in the train-on squad for the Four Nations.
“Webbo’s been asking me which position I prefer but I can’t really put my finger on it. I’d just rather be out there at 6, 9 or 7. With Timmy coming back to the club, that’s really helped my game out as well.
“He does more of the controlling part and it’s probably what Webbo wanted, for me to just play what’s in front and play off the back of what Timmy creates.
“I was really happy with that (Fans Player of the Year award). I’d just like to thank the fans of the club. I was shocked really and so overwhelmed.”
And what was it like to hear his name chanted by the supporters throughout the year?
“That’s definitely something I love about the fans. The crowd, their hype and passion about the game and songs like that they make up on the spot, I love it.”
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