PAUL Sykes has signed a permanent deal with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for the 2013 campaign.
The 31-year-old impressed during a loan spell at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this season, forming a superb partnership alongside Tim Smith, and has been rewarded with a one-year contract.
Wildcats have been keen to tie-up a deal for the Bradford Bulls back thanks to some match-winning performances in the red, white and blue in Super League.
And Sykes, who featured in every Wakefield match since his arrival from Odsal, is delighted to pen a permanent deal in the Merrie City.
“I’m so pleased it’s all done and dusted because I didn’t know if I was going back to Bradford or going to get the opportunity to sign for Wakefield, so I am glad it’s over the line now,” he said.
“I wasn’t playing much at Bradford and wasn’t getting much game time so to play 21 games on trot at Wakefield was pretty exciting times for myself.
“I really enjoyed myself and my time on loan so I just wanted it to continue. I’m really excited as to what is to come. We are having a bit of a break now but I am glad to get it all sorted and I’m already looking forward to the new season.”
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar said: “We’re pleased to get the deal done.
“His move to play at stand-off was probably a turning point and a strong factor in our showing in the second half of the year.
“The change of environment has been really good for Paul and he’s enjoyed his football with us. He became an integral part of what we’re trying to achieve.
“He’s at the stage of his career where he’s a seasoned, experienced professional and knows the game really well. He has found his role in our team and complimented the styles of the players around him as well as giving us an all important kicking game.”
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