Irish international re-signs with Wakefield

Kyle Amor

There were other interested parties, but in the end, it was the one that he is currently at that won out – with Irish international prop Kyle Amor, signing a new 2-year deal to remain with the Wakefield Wildcats, until the end of the 2014 season.

Since making his debut for the club in 2011, Amor has made 50 appearances for the club, and although there was an option in the favour of Amor’s former club, the Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield won the battle.

For the club itself, they are delighted that Amor is staying on – with coach Richard Agar keen to see the Irish prop improving all the time.

“We’re delighted that Kyle is staying with us,” said Richard Agar.

“As the season has progressed he has got stronger and developed his all round game. He’s got a real desire to keep pushing forward, and we hope he can continue to develop with us in the next couple of years.”

For Amor, it is all about improving himself, and enjoying his footy at Wakefield.

“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 and his team-mates have received much praise this year, for setting the platform for the halves to do their job – a platform that enabled the club to reach the playoffs this year.

“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.”

Whilst finishing in the top 8 is a good achievement for the club, Amor knows that they cannot afford to take the teams in the playoffs lightly.

“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 big push for Amor in the club’s success, is the increased fan attendance that creates an atmosphere in which the players thrive on.

“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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