Reece Lyne has expressed his delight at returning from injury ahead of schedule.
The 23-year-old centre was forced off with a torn hamstring during the defeat to Hull FC at Belle Vue in April, an injury that was expected to keep him on the side-lines for six to eight weeks.
However the former England Academy player has made a quick recovery, and having been included in Chris Chester’s 19-man squad to take on Salford Red Devils on Friday, he is hoping to rediscover the impressive form that saw him score four tries in the opening 10 games of the season.
“It’s been very frustrating, I felt as though I was getting into a bit of good form and then with the team winning it was great to be involved in,” he said.
“The lads have carried that on though and it’s been great to see them picking up the wins but obviously frustrating not being out there as well, so I’m really delighted to be back fit now.
“I had a fitness test the other day and passed it. I got up to some good high speeds running and sprinting too which was pleasing.”
“I’m pretty confident in my ability and the way Chezzy’s (Chris Chester) got us playing, you get plenty of ball which I like and it makes it a lot easier to come back into a team that’s full of confidence and playing well.”
The Magic Weekend win over Catalans Dragons moved Wakefield to within six points of league leaders Hull FC, and seven clear of ninth placed Hull KR.
The dramatic win over the Dragons, sealed by Jacob Miller’s spectacular drop-goal three minutes from time, was Trinity’s ninth win in their last 10 games, a run that has included beating both of last year’s grand finalists, Leeds and Wigan.
Despite the impressive run of form though, Lyne, who signed for the Wildcats from Hull FC in 2012, emphasised the importance of taking each game as it comes, starting with a tough trip to the AJ Bell Stadium to take on a Salford side who will be without suspended Australian winger Justin Carney.
“Salford will be a massive challenge, obviously they lost those points (for a breach of the salary cap) so at the minute every game is pretty much a must win for them,” he stated.
“They’re at home and they’re a very good team and an attacking team. They’ve got some great halves so they’ll be a threat and they will be looking at this game as a chance to close the gap on us so it’ll be a massive game for both teams.
“Carney’s a massive strike player for them and a great player as everybody knows so obviously it is a big loss but that’s why you have a big squad, for people to fill in and whoever fills in will be looking to take their opportunity.
“We’re just taking it week by week at the minute, obviously the ultimate aim is to secure that top eight and then we’ll start looking up once that’s achieved, but at the moment it’s just taking it week by week and looking to build.”