OWEN ON HIS RETURN TO THE SQUAD

posted on 10 May 2016

Richie Owen has set his sights on regaining a spot in the Wildcats’ side, having fully recovered from a serious leg injury suffered at the end of last season.

The 26-year-old winger featured 20 times for the Wakefield in 2015, but broke his leg in two places for the second time in his career in the Super 8’s clash with Bradford Bulls in August.

But having put the injury behind him, Owen is focusing on doing all he can to get his name back on the team sheet.

“At 26 I’ve got hopefully a good couple more years left and I’ve just got to try my best now to get back in the team and play consistently if I do get back in the team and not get ahead of myself,” he said.

“I’m hoping to get a bit of game time but obviously I can’t get in the team at the minute because the wingers are playing well so I’ve just got to wait and bide my time and hopefully I’ll get my opportunity.

“I can’t really complain because I don’t want to be in that million pound game at the end of the year and the boys that are in my position, Tommy (Johnstone), Bish (Ben Jones-Bishop) and Max (Jowitt) out the back, are doing really well.”

Having spent a month on loan at Championship club Leigh Centurions earlier in the season, Owen has been named in Chris Chester’s 19-man squad for the last two Wildcats’ fixtures against Widnes Vikings and Toulouse Olympique.

Despite missing out on the match-day 17 on both occasions, the former Castleford man is enjoying being back in the fold having got some crucial minutes under his belt while being on his loan spell at Leigh Centurions.

“It’s a good place is Leigh, the boys welcomed me with open arms and it was just good to be playing,” he stated.

“I’m one of those guys who no matter who I’m playing for I try my best for the club and I was thankful that Leigh gave me that opportunity and I was thankful for Michael (Carter) for letting me go.

“It’s just good to be back in the squad here at Wakefield, you can do all the training you want with the boys but when it comes game day and the boys are doing their talks before the game and stuff like that it’s good to be back in that atmosphere and it’s one step closer to getting my spot back.

“We want to get as high as we can in that league table and not be in that bottom four. I think we’re going the right way about it with how we’ve been playing the last couple of weeks and we just need to keep going like that.”

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