TIM Smith has pledged his future to Wakefield Wildcats by signing a one-year contract extension at the club.
The Australian scrum-half was out-of-contract at the end of this season but has extended his stay until the end of 2013.
The 27-year-old says it was an easy decision to make and says he’s enjoying life in the Merrie City.
“I’m really happy here,” he said.
“The way I’m playing revolves around the team and I’m happy with the players that are here so it was a pretty easy decision to be honest.”
He continued: “There’s a good spirit around the place and I get on well with Rich [Agar] and the coaching staff. Hopefully we can have a good off-season together, we’ve had a year under Rich and hopefully next year we might get into those play-offs and there’s still a chance [this season] so we’ll keep going this year and see how we go.”
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar confirmed there had been interest from other clubs in Smith, who’s shone in his first season in the red, white and blue.
He said: “It may have been seen as a gamble by some when we signed Tim but his experience and influence on our side has developed and evolved as the season has gone on and that’s shown by being amongst the leaders in try assists in Super League.
“His organisational skills and the quality of his service has been invaluable to us throughout the campaign. I feel great pride that Timmy has been able to come to the Wildcats and rebuild his career in the game when it looked at one point that he might fade out of it.
“He’s put himself in a position where other clubs have sat up and taken note but he’s happy to commit to us and I know he’ll continue to repay the faith we’ve shown in him.”
Smith sits fifth in the try assists table, laying on 19 tries for team-mates in Super League XV11 so far.
He’s also added five tries of his own to the Wakefield cause this season and has become a key cog in their attacking play.
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