Danny Washbrook is hoping to end his four years at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on a high with the hope of securing Super League Status in the Million Pound Game against Bradford Bulls on Saturday.
Washbrook said, “It will be an emotional day on Saturday, I’ve had four good years at the club, I have made a lot of friends; obviously the boys, coaching staff and people in the offices. It will be hard, it is never nice leaving a club, but hopefully I can go out on a high.”
The Trinity number 13 joined Wakefield back in 2012 following then head coach, Richard Agar from Super League side Hull FC, signing on a three year deal. The back-rower has been a model of consistency throughout the four years and has been one of the most consistent defenders.
He continued, “I have played a lot which is what I came for, I came here to play first team rugby and I have been able to do that. I have really enjoyed my time here at Wakefield and it is sad that it has now come to an end. This year hasn’t been the best results wise but it has helped me grow and I have still enjoyed playing no matter what.
“My highlight would probably be getting into the play-offs in my first year back in 2012, everyone had tipped us to finish bottom. Nobody expected it of us, they all said we were just a team of nobodies put together, but we proved everybody wrong. We got into the play-offs, so that was a big moment in my career.
“If we achieve Super League Status on Saturday for 2016, then I would say it would top everything.”
However the 30-year old has pushed his emotions to one side to concentrate on what is at stake for everyone involved with Wakefield Wildcats in the ‘Million Pound Game’.
“A lot is riding on this game; it is massive for the club in terms of staying in Super League especially with the financial rewards that can bring for the club and for the fans and players. Everyone has jobs, careers and even mortgages riding on the outcome.
“There is a lot at stake and some people are worried and some people will take it on the chin and say I am going to do everything I can to get the win, I think that is the mentality we have got to have. We cannot worry about anything we have to go out there confident, we have already played Bradford once this season at home. It was probably our best performance of the middle eights, hopefully if we can replicate that then that would be perfect.”
Washy, what he is often referred to at the Wildcats’ is very aware of the fight Bradford Bulls will have in them in the hopes to gain Super League status once again. Unfortunately the Bulls suffered relegation to the Championship last season alongside London Broncos.
“For them it is a massive goal” he admitted. “They are a big club and everybody last year would never expect Bradford to be one of the ones to go down. They will want to get back up and the players are going to want to prove a point.
“They are going to be really tough to beat, but we are not going to be resting, we know we are going to be up for a challenge. We have the sheer determination and goal of staying in the Super League.”