Scott Anderson is confident the Wildcats can make an impression on Super League in 2015.
Trinity flirted with the play-off spots towards the end of the 2014 campaign before finally finishing twelfth, but with wins over Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos in the second half of the campaign, the mood in the camp is a positive one ahead of a return to training at the end of the month.
Anderson had a consistent first year in the red, white and blue and was duly rewarded with an extension to the initial one-year contract he signed when signing from Brisbane Broncos.
His arrival just a few days before the start of the season with fellow recruits Matt Ryan and Pita Godinet was one of a number of contributing factors in a slow start to the year after a disjointed pre-season for the club.
In stark contrast to the disrupted preparations for 2014, plans for the upcoming pre-season are in order with two training camps scheduled as James Webster prepares for his first season at the helm.
Anderson has echoed the sentiments of his head coach and teammates in the benefits a full-pre-season can bring both individually and collectively.
“First coming over here was a bit of a shock, coming from the summer into a bit of winter,” said Anderson with a smile. “It took a couple of weeks to adjust to the style of game but after that it’s been pretty good.
“Six or seven games in I started feeling more comfortable and getting my game fitness and started to play quality football.
“I was pretty happy and I can only improve because we didn’t have a pre-season under our belts. Coming back and doing pre-season with the boys and having a good, tough pre-season will hopefully put me in good stead for next year.”
“It’s definitely good to have some new boys in. They’re going to bring some energy and they’re bigger lads too so it’s definitely going to be a plus for us. It’s always good to have competition because it definitely makes you improve.
“I’m very positive we’ll have a good season next year. Webbo’s excited and the boys are looking forward to it. It’s going to be a good year and if we have a good pre-season, work hard then who knows what could happen.”
As well as playing for Brisbane Broncos in Australia, Anderson was also part of a Grand Final side with Melbourne Storm and played in front of many a big crowd in his home country.
However, the prop admits the atmosphere generated in the northern hemisphere is one he loves and hopes the Wildcats fans continue to get behind the team in 2015.
“It was pretty crazy (in) the first game when I came over,” reflected Anderson on his debut against Salford Red Devils. “It felt like there were 30 or 40,000 in the stands. It’s a different atmosphere to back home but I love it.
“The fans are awesome, to be honest. I’ve been watching on Twitter and it looks like we’ve got a fair few signed up for next year so it’s really good.”
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