There is no denying that Max Jowitt has had a season to remember with the Wildcats. The 19-year old who has worked his way through the Academy system at the club has been a predominant feature in the first team squad this year after securing a starting place back in March.
“This year is certainly one to remember for me,” said Jowitt. “It is my first proper year of breaking through into the first team and in this time the club have secured Super League status for next season and a place in the Challenge Cup semi-final, it is a great place to be at.
“Going into the season I had no idea what to expect, I featured a couple of games but never expected to secure my spot in the first team. I just wanted to get a few games under my belt and then try to progress as much as I could, it really took off for me and now I just want to push myself further and try to get better each week.”
Jowitt who made the leap from the Academy to the first team has thanked his teammates and Chris Chester for the support and advice they have given to him throughout the process of establishing himself as a Super League player.
“Chezzy (Chris Chester) has been great, not only with myself but with everyone in the team. He has put a lot of hard work into the club and in to each player, which shows out there on the field with our position in the table.
“The boys have also been fantastic with me, they have helped me progress in training and given me advice as the season has gone on. As a team we have been doing really well and playing with a lot of confidence.”
After securing their spot in the top 8s with two games remaining of the season, the Wildcats have been able to put their focus into the Challenge Cup semi-final this weekend when they take on Warrington Wolves at Leigh Sports Village.
It is the first time the club have found themselves in a semi-final since 2008, but Jowitt insists the players are relishing their chances.
“There are no pressures on us this weekend; we are going into this game as underdogs. We are going to go out there on Saturday and give it our all and hopefully we can get to Wembley and put a good performance in for all of our fans.
“We showed against Warrington down here at Belle Vue that we are capable of beating any team, we just need to take it as a regular game and go out there wanting to get that win and get to Wembley.
“It would be an indescribable feeling to walk out at Wembley, I did get the opportunity to play there in a schools final in year 7 and it was breathtaking then, never mind in a cup final. Hopefully we can turn Warrington over and get the job done.”
Jowitt has also thanked the Wildcats supporters for their support this season, he said, “The fans have played a massive role in our success, each week they travel in numbers including when we faced Catalans a few weeks ago. We just need them to get behind the boys on Saturday and be loud and proud.”
Tickets are still on sale for the fixture, they can be purchased from the club shop in the Ridings Centre or by calling 01924 201548. They will go off sale at 4.30pm on Friday July 29, for all ticket information,click here.