The family ties at Wakefield are well and truly there to see, as Bobbie Goulding Jr., the son of former Wakefield and Great Britain star of the same name, signs a 1-year deal with the Wakefield Wildcats.
Goulding, 19, whilst training with the club for the last few weeks, only had all the paperwork finalised recently, hence putting pen to paper.
With other options available to him, including both rugby union and rival Super League clubs, Goulding chose Wakefield, due to the fact that he feels comfortable in the area given his dad played for the club as he was growing up.
â€œIâ€™m made up to sign up for the first team at Wakefield. It didnâ€™t go so well at Warrington, but Iâ€™m really looking forward to getting my chance and proving myself at the highest level which is Super League,â€ he said.
â€œI had a couple of options, even from rugby union as well, but my loyalties are with rugby league and Iâ€™ve wanted to play for Wakefield because when I was growing up, my dad was here. I had a meeting with Richard (Agar) before I went on holiday at the end of last season and everything about the club seems dead positive and itâ€™s on the up, and I really canâ€™t wait to get going.”
Richard Agar, the coach of the Wildcats, is looking forward to seeing what Goulding can bring to the table, as well as building him into a player of the future.
â€œBobbie is a very talented half-back who possesses terrific skill and a very astute kicking game. Heâ€™s a player thatâ€™s got lots of development in front of him; his pathway was blocked a little bit with the amount of quality players in front of him at Warrington, but we feel he is very much a player for the future in the specialist position of a half.
â€œWe can give him time to mature and develop as a player and one thing he has got is a terrific attitude to the game and heâ€™s very level headed, fit and heâ€™s made a very good first impression on us.
â€œThere was a number of clubs interested in his services, so weâ€™re very, very pleased that he thinks Wakefield is the place where he can develop his game.â€