In a boost for the club this season, the Wakefield Wildcats have signed talented utility and former NRL player, Jarrod Sammut, for the next two seasons.
Sammut, who most recently played for the Bradford Bulls, was granted a release by the Bulls and in 70 Super League appearances, he has so far scored 45 tries.
Sammut is the ninth new edition to the Wildcats’ ranks in 2014 with club Chairman Michael Carter looking forward to seeing Sammut at the club, as he praised Bradford for their involvement in getting him to the club.
â€œWe recently got into dialogue with the Bulls regarding Jarrod and weâ€™re pleased to have reached a conclusion that is mutually beneficial for all parties,” said Carter.
â€œWe look forward to welcoming Jarrod to the club and all associated with the Bulls to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium next week for our home opener.â€
The Bulls were also quick to praise the Wildcats for their involvement in the deal, with a club spokesperson saying the following:
â€œWe entered into negotiations with the Wakefield Wildcats and have come away with all parties agreeing a happy resolution.
â€œWe would like to thank Michael Carter and his team at Wakefield for the part they played during this time, they have proven themselves to be extremely professional.â€
For the man himself, he is keen to get started at the club and is looking forward to playing well and creating memories.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to coming and creating some new memories at Wakefield,â€ said Sammut.
â€œItâ€™s a new challenge for me now. I was comfortable at the Bulls but now Iâ€™m coming into a new environment with new plays and new calls to learn. Iâ€™m going to need to pick things up very quickly but Iâ€™m excited for the challenge.
â€œIâ€™m a person that loves a challenge. Iâ€™ve always had people writing me off or saying things like I wouldnâ€™t make it because Iâ€™m too small and stuff like that. I like to go out there and prove people wrong and I suppose that gives me the drive to succeed.â€
Starting his career in the NRL with the Penrith Panthers, it was a move to the now defunct Crusaders that started his Super League career and with Sammut aware of the tough season ahead, he is keen to make things happen.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a tough season, thereâ€™s no doubt about that but I certainly donâ€™t think weâ€™re going to be too close to the relegation places and I think thereâ€™s enough quality at Bradford too that they wonâ€™t be,” said Sammut.
â€œIâ€™m not the sort of person to sit back and watch things unfold, I want to go out and make things happen and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s I intend to do. I think tough times bring the best out of players and makes people step up.â€
Unlikely to play in four days in the Wildcats opening game of the season against Salford, it remains to be seen whether or not he plays against his former club in the game after.
â€œI never do things easy,” Sammut said.
â€œIt will be a bit strange to be on the other side to Bradford and people Iâ€™ve been good mates with for the last three years but thatâ€™s just the way itâ€™s happened.â€