WING wizard Ben Cockayne can enjoy his close-season holiday knowing Wakefield Wildcats gave everything they had in the Super League play-offs.
Wakefield’s top try-scorer, with 15, will recharge his batteries over the next few months after helping Wildcats into a place in the top eight.
Richard Agar’s men bowed out against Leeds Rhinos in the elimination play-off but Cockayne says they couldn’t have done much more.
“The good thing was that we didn’t go out wondering,” he said.
“We went out there and gave our all, but Leeds are a team who have the ‘x-factor’, players like Kallum Watkins really rose to the occasion.”
The 29-year-old says the close season “won’t be as exciting” as last year when Wakefield welcomed 18 new players as well as Richard Agar and his coaching staff.
But he believes only minor changes are needed to see Wildcats continue their improvements in 2013.
“The expectations will be higher because of the good end to the season that we had,” he said.
“It should stand us in good stead for next season and I think only a couple of new signings will come in.”
Wildcats players had their end-of-season review with Richard Agar in the week after the Leeds match and Cockayne says the players have been warned to return to pre-season training in November in good shape.
The former Normanton Knights man should have few problems thanks to his ‘Ben-E-Fit’ personal training programme.
He’s also entered into the health and nutrition business with Herbalife, and is keen to help out anyone looking to lose weight or get fit.
For more information visit his website at www.ben-e-fit.co.uk
See this week’s Wakefield Express for the first of a three-part interview with Wildcats chairman Andrew Glover and chief executive James Elston.