Ahead of the biggest game for Trinity since 2008, head coach, Chris Chester has looked back over his time at the club so far after the turbulent season in 2015 after securing the last spot in the First Utility Super League by beating Bradford Bulls in the Million Pound Game.
“I am extremely delighted,” insisted Chester. “It just shows how far we have come as a group of players. We were competing in a million pound game last year with futures being decided on that day, so I am pleased for everyone at the club.
“It has been a great team effort to get the club in the position that we are in and we have got the semi-final tomorrow that everyone is looking forward to, the town is really buzzing and so are we.”
Chester who is from Wakefield and has been a supporter of the club growing up took over at the Wildcats back in March after the club departed ways with then head coach Brian Smith. It has not been the easiest of rides with the club after suffering six defeats in the opening seven fixtures.
However, Chester has gone on to win 12 out of the last 19 fixtures securing a place in the top eight and a place in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final.
“If Michael (Michael Carter) had said we were going to be in the eight and in the semi final I would have snapped his hand off, Michael wanted a good super 8s campaign and a decent Challenge Cup run, we have given that challenge cup run and we have done one better in terms of the league position, secure in the super league for another 12 months, it just shows how far we have come as a club.”
He has also stated that there is no cause for concern heading into the semi-final with the amount of players out injured after losing three last weekend in the defeat to Castleford Tigers.
“We have been very fortunate from rounds one to 23 that we have not picked up many injuries. We have lost a few players in the last couple of week but we cannot really grumble, it is the first time that the squad have been tested in terms of the depth but there will be no excuses.
“We have lost three but have four quality players to come back in at the weekend. These guys just need to keep focused and relaxed and make sure they do everything possible to prepare the best as we possibly can.
“It would be an amazing achievement, it is a lot of hard work from the people at the top, Michael Carter and Chris Brereton have put the club on a really good financial footing now and for me as a Wakefield lad and fan it would be a fantastic achievement for me and for the rest of the players.”