Richard Agar has called on Wakefield Wildcats to “have some fun” ahead of the start of Super League XVIII.
The pressures of top-class rugby league will return for Agar and his troops when they kick-off 2013 at Bradford Bulls later today (kick-off 3pm at the Provident Stadium).
But the ’Cats head coach says a sense of enjoyment and team spirit helped his side last season - and he’s looking for more of the same this term.
“What I want is to have some fun, we had some fun last year,” said Agar.
“Our supporters were great, there was a real feelgood factor, we had good crowds and my players enjoyed it and that’s what helped knit them together.
“While we were serious and intense when we needed to be, we didn’t get embroiled in many mind games.
“We just want to enjoy ourselves and make sure everybody that is part of us enjoys coming down here and we can give them something that’s enjoyable to watch.”
Getting off to a winning start at Bradford will certainly be a ‘fun’ opening for Agar, his players and the Wakefield fans.
Agar admits he’d take two points in any way, shape or form at the Provident Stadium but would like the performance to match.
“I’d settle for any win this week, although I want us to get the performance out,” he said.
“I feel we’re prepared. We’re prepared for different weather conditions, we’re prepared for different changes within our team, we’re prepared to change the team during the course of the game and if we need to come up with something a bit different.
“Despite the disruption and uncertainty over what our starting line-up’s going to be we do feel like we’re ready to go.
“We got to know last year what a good performance looked like. The players could really relate to what style of football and what a good performance actually looked like and what they need to do to get their jobs done in a good fashion, so we need to find that quickly.