After signing a new two-year deal during the off-season, Anthony Walker is keen to get out onto the field and make a big impression in 2016.
The prop-forward was brought in mid-way through the 2015 campaign and he is currently working hard in what is his first pre-season in three years due to injury and a first at the Wildcats.
“Pre-season is going really well. Everyone’s ripping in for each other and the team spirit is fantastic.” expressed Walker.
“It’s been tough so far, I aren’t going to lie, but it brings you together as a squad when you’re motivating each other and pushing yourself to the limits.”
“It’s my first pre-season in three years due to injury so I think I’m really going to benefit from it throughout the course of the season and I hope I can hit the ground running.”
With the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge against Leeds Rhinos less than a month away, Walker is counting down the days and can’t wait to continue preparations for 2016 in a real game situation.
“It’s always good to be back training and you can work on plenty of combinations and structures but it’s nothing like playing.”
“I can’t wait for Boxing Day against Leeds. They were fantastic last season, it’s a local derby, the fans always come out in top numbers and it’s going to be a good test for us.”
“With me playing for Wales in the off-season it’s only been a few weeks since my last game but it’s seems like forever. I’m counting down the days now and I’m sure the rest of the lads are too.”
It’s been a busy period for the Wildcats since the Million Pound Game victory, with a number of new signings coming in and Walker feels the squad is shaping up nicely with healthy competition across every position.
“I’ve been really impressed with the quality of signings that Brian and Michael have brought in. The likes of Anthony Tupou and Anthony England, just to name a few, are proven top quality players and they’ve added some massive strength and depth in the pack.”
“Everyone’s going to be on their toes fighting for a spot in the side and nobody will be able to drop off because if we do we know we will be replaced.”
“From a personal point of view, I’ve just got to work really hard every day in training and try my hardest to get a good run of games and establish myself in the side.”
Walker has also expressed his delight at Brian Smith staying on for 2016 and believes he can take the Wildcats forward and onto bigger and better things in 2016.
“Brian’s a great coach and it’s good news for everyone at the club that he’s staying on next season. I remember when I signed for the club last season, I spoke to Nathan Brown before and he had nothing but praise for Brian Smith and he hasn’t been wrong in what he said.” explained the 23-year old.
“Like I said before, he’s brought in some quality signings so things are looking well for next season and it’s up to us players now to perform to the standards he sets and make it positive for everyone.”
“We’re confident of what we can do and we just can’t wait to get playing.”