Opting to remain with your home-town team is an honour that many players look forward to and for Wakefield Wildcats hooker, Matty Wildie, he would not have it any other way.
The 23-year old signed a new 1-year deal with the club – it will be his eighth with the club – having come through the club’s Academy ranks and captaining the Under 18’s side to victory in 2009.
Playing in 28 Super League games so far in his career, Wildie is hoping that 2014 can mean more opportunity for him.
â€œItâ€™s a big year for me and hopefully I can be playing consistently well and play a lot more games than I have in previous years,â€ said Wildie.
â€œYou sign a contract to be in the team week-in, week-out and all the hard work in pre-season goes towards playing through the season. Hopefully I can string a few more games together and play throughout the year.
â€œAs a 23 year old, you want to be playing week-in, week-out. Youâ€™re looking to kick on in your career at that stage. I wanted to be loyal to the club and weâ€™re obviously going through a tough time. Hopefully we can put things right on the field and put it all behind us.â€
In what may prove to be some testing times for the Wakefield club moving forward, Wildie knows that the team spirit, bonding and cohesion, are the keys for the side moving forward.
â€œWe just need to stay tight as a group and weâ€™ll get through this,” said Wildie.
“We have done before and the club is good at putting people together that form a tight group. Weâ€™ll keep doing that and look forward to the season.â€