AMOR STAYING WITH THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats are delighted to announce that Kyle Amor will remain at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium until the end of 2014.
The Irish international has made over 50 appearances for the club after making his debut on loan from Leeds Rhinos in 2011 and the two clubs agreed a unique three-year deal starting in 2012 that meant there was an option for the Rhinos to re-sign the prop for 2013.
His impressive form in Super League XVII also attracted interest from two further top eight clubs, but Amor will continue to run out in the red, white and blue for the next two seasons.
The 25-year-old came through the ranks at Whitehaven before getting his big break at the Rhinos in 2010 where he made three Super League appearances. He scooped the Members Player of the Year at the Wildcats in 2011 and has remained a popular figure with the Wakefield faithful.
“I’m really looking forward to the next two years here,” said the Cumbrian.
“I’m still developing as a player and the last couple of seasons have been my first taste of getting regular game time in Super League and this year has been the most I’ve enjoyed any season I’ve ever played in.
“I enjoy coming into training every day and I know all the boys talk about it, but we really do all get on well and it’s a good place to be.”
Amor has flourished as the season wore on and drew praise from head coach Richard Agar after the play-off at Leeds Rhinos for how he has developed, particularly in the second half of the campaign.
Much was spoken about before the year began about a perceived lightweight pack at the Wildcats, but with the likes of Amor and Player of the Year Andy Raleigh defying the sceptics, Wakefield’s forwards have created a platform on which the likes of Tim Smith has been able to shine.
“We always had confidence in ourselves. Perhaps at the start of the year we weren’t defending as well as we could have but once we all got to know exactly what Rich (Agar) wanted from us individually then it really began to improve.
“Last year I was a lot about wanting to rip in and prove that I was good enough at this level, whereas this year there’s been a lot more attention to detail of aspects of my game which have helped with my consistency.
“I set myself goals at the start of each year and I’ve already been thinking about those for next year so I can go to the next level and become a better player again.”
A top eight finish was an excellent achievement for a squad that welcomed in 20 new faces but Amor says there will be no taking that place in the play-offs for granted come Super League XVIII.
“It was a good achievement and I don’t want to put a downer on it, but if it wasn’t for Bradford’s deduction we’d have been ninth.
“We can’t be taking our eye of the ball and thinking that we can just get into the top eight, we need to have a real focus. We finished the season well and that’s the level we need to be at from the word go and look to start next year how we finished this one.
“If we can get a good level of consistency as a group, beat the sides in and around us and claim a few scalps along the way then we can do well.”
One notable feature of Wakefield’s campaign has been the support the team have received both at home and on the road. An increase on crowds of almost 25% at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium has created an atmosphere which the players have thrived on, whilst away from home the travelling support has been impressive.
“The fans have been brilliant and as players we’ve all spoken about it. At home has been great but also at away games, there’s been times where we’ve had more fans than home teams.
“The game that sticks in my mind is at Huddersfield where we started the good run of results, and our fans just overpowered theirs with the noise they created and the numbers that were there.
“That’s credit to everyone behind the scenes at the club but also credit to the supporters for turning up week-in, week-out and myself and all the boys are looking forward to that again next year.”
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