If you cast your mind back a few years as a Wests Tigers or Cronulla Sharks fan, you will remember exactly who Dean Collis is, with the now Wakefield Wildcats centre re-signing with the club.
The new deal for Collis is until the end of 2016 and continues the Wildcats crucial retention policy, with the in-form centre so far nabbing 11 tries so far this season.
Since his time at the Wildcats following his move from NRL side, the Cronulla Sharks, Collis has become a fan favourite at the club and he is delighted to have extended his stay.
â€œIâ€™m really happy to get it out of the way, I always wanted to stay at the club,” said Collis.
â€œWeâ€™ve been in discussions for a few weeks now, I know Iâ€™m going to be here for the next three years and Iâ€™m really happy with that.
â€œIâ€™m settled here and I really enjoy the coaches and players, itâ€™s a great group weâ€™ve got here at the moment and I think over the next few years we can really build something exciting.
â€œSince the start of last year, I think the club has come a long way. Finishing off the way we did last year was great for the club and the town and weâ€™ve had a few tough weeks recently, but hopefully we can build towards the end of the year.â€
A key reason behind Collis’ decision to stay, was head coach Richard Agar, someone who has helped Collis tremendously as a player since his time at the club.
â€œThatâ€™s a big part, coming over here Iâ€™ve really started to enjoy my footie again under Rich, heâ€™s been really good with me along with the whole coaching staff but Rich in particular. I am really close with a lot of the playing group here and we are Online Casino a close knit group, so they were all major factors in me staying here,” said Collis.
â€œIâ€™ve had a good run over the last few weeks in terms of try scoring but there was a few weeks where I wasnâ€™t happy with the way I was playing, but Iâ€™m happy now to get the contract out of the way and I feel these last couple of weeks Iâ€™m starting to get back to some form.â€
As Collis continues to perform well, not only is he scoring tries for Wakefield but he is also setting them up, as he has assisted in 10 tries to go with his 11 tries scored.
The feat means that he has been involved in more tries than any other member of the Wildcats squad.
â€œI had a frustrating year last year with injury and my goal at the start of the year was to play every game, and the coaching staff have been great by looking after by body which has really helped me stay on the field,” said Collis.
â€œI think this year has been one of my better years, Iâ€™m really happy with how Iâ€™ve gone so far and I think we are forming a pretty good combination on that right edge. We work really hard during the week on our plays and I love playing with Timmy, Kirmo and Foxy and again, that was another factor in me staying because Iâ€™m really comfortable with those guys around me.
â€œI feel now over the next couple of years I can start to play my best footy at this age and I still have plenty of years left in me. The next two or three years could be my best so hopefully if I stay injury free and keep working on my game, I can have a few more good years.â€