Loan moves sometimes pay dividends, and in this case, that is exactly what happened – as Richie Mathers, a fullback who was on loan at Wakefield from Castleford in the 2012 season, has signed a permanent deal with Wakefield, signing on with the Wildcats for 2 years.
Mathers, who has formerly played for the Leeds Rhinos, the Warrington Wolves and the Wigan Warriors, appeared in 27 games for the Wildcats in 2012 – resulting in his being awarded with the vice-captaincy at the club, following a stellar run of great games.
For Mathers, he is glad to have his future sorted, and is excited about where the club is headed over the next couple of seasons.
â€œThe feeling I have is one of a big relief,â€ Mathers said.
â€œI have been thankful throughout to Wakefield and it was never in question I wanted to stay because I enjoyed it so much last yea
â€œTo get a two-year deal and represent the club while hopefully playing a big part, is something that I really am delighted about.
â€œI canâ€™t remember the last time I enjoyed a season as much. We evolved as a team as we found our way towards the back half of the season and it was a great journey.â€
With the addition of several other key players in key positions, Mathers says that all those involved in the processes deserve credit, and not just the players.
â€œI think we have that continuity because there will not be too much chopping and changing,â€ Mathers said.
â€œWe started pre-season with 17 new players and by the time we finished the season we had 20 new players throughout the season, and that is just unbelievable.
â€œIt has probably gone unnoticed that the achievement in making the top eight with that fantastic run to say how we started the season new together, including the coaching staff.â€