Wakefield Wildcats new-boy Southern confident of 2012 success

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BIG-hitting back rower Steve Southern insists there’s no reason why Wakefield Trinity Wildcats can’t make the play-offs in Super League XVII.

Southern, affectionately known as ‘Bluey’, signed a three-year contract with Wakefield for 2012 from NRL side Newcastle Knights.

He made his name with North Queensland Cowboys, where he played 124 matches including an NRL Grand Final against Wests Tigers in 2005, which they lost.

It was the Cowboys’ first Grand Final and the 29-year-old back rower has a similar good feeling about the Wildcats’ chances in 2012.

“I’ve settled in really well, they’re a good bunch of boys and they’re easy to get along with, there are no big heads, no different attitudes, everyone knows what they want for from each other and we’re going in the same direction,” he said.

“It’s a bit like when I went to North Queensland, I was only young and Morro [Glenn Morrison] was there.

“They hadn’t managed the play-offs since they started and we made them for the first time. I’m not guaranteeing that we’re going to the play-offs but it feels the same mould, everyone wants to work for each other.

“It doesn’t matter if we don’t have any superstars in there, everyone just wants to have a go and give their all.”

Southern has been handed squad number 12 for Super League XVII by Agar, and has been named in the squad to take on Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day (kick-off 11.30am).

Steve Southern spoke exclusively to Wakefield Express Sport on Wildcats’ pre-season preparations, his dream of playing in Super League and his aims for the season. See the full interview in this week’s paper.