Emotional Kear implores Wakefield Wildcats for a “big last game”

John Kear
John Kear

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats’ out-going head coach John Kear is urging his players to produce “a big last game” when they bring their Super League XVI season to a close against Bradford Bulls tonight, Friday.

Trinity entertain the Bulls at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium to mark the conclusion of the campaign and bring Kear’s five-year stint at the club to an end.

Kear recognises that it will be an emotional moment but he feels satisfied with the work he has done at Wakefield, saying: “From a personal point of view it’s quite emotional, it’s sad, but I feel very content as well and I know there’s a good legacy with regard to players and junior development at the club.

“Considering the resources we have had I am also quite content with what has been achieved at first team level.”

A victory over the Bulls could lift Wakefield off the bottom of the Super League table and avoid the wooden spoon - a result that would please Kear after a tough year.

Kear said: “I am proud of what we have achieved this year. We didn’t want to be remembered as the first coaching team not to win a Super League game and the players have achieved a lot.

“It has been very tough in the past seven or eight games and the players are feeling it but I hope they can draw on their reserves and come up with a big last game for themselves as much as anyone else.”

Several players are also on their way out of the club including Matt Blaymire, who is retiring from the game with a knee injury, and Huddersfield Giants-bound winger Luke George.

However, Kear revealed that Michael Korkidas, Jeremy Smith and Kevin Henderson are also set to depart having failed to earn new contracts.

Kear said: “From what I understand, Michael Korkidas, Jeremy Smith and Kevin Henderson have not as yet been offered a deal but there is a new coach coming in and he may look at it in a different light.”

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