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.

“The feeling I have is one of a big relief,” Mathers said.

“I have been thankful throughout to Wakefield and it was never in question I wanted to stay because I enjoyed it so much last yea


“To get a two-year deal and represent the club while hopefully playing a big part, is something that I really am delighted about.

“I can’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.”

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.

“I think we have that continuity because there will not be too much chopping and changing,” Mathers said.

“We 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.

“It 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.”


By ricky