Frustrated Hickey ready to roll for Wildcats

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NEW arrival Jarrad Hickey can’t wait to pull on the red, white and blue after a “frustrating” period waiting for his visa approval.

Wildcats announced the signing of the powerful prop from Canterbury Bulldogs, pending a successful visa application, in April but the 25-year-old only arrived in England last week.

He’s set to make his debut for Wakefield at Salford City Reds tonight and it can’t come soon enough.

“I’m really happy to finally get here. It’s been a bit frustrating sat at home and not being able to do anything about it but to finally get here and get my chance this weekend, I’m thrilled,” he said.

“I feel like I’m ready to play. Hopefully I can help the side this weekend. It’s not just about me it’s a team game, I’m just out there for the side so hopefully I can help them out and we can come away with two points.”

He added: “I’m pretty excited to be here, it seems a great club and it hasn’t let me down in the week I’ve been here so far. It kind of feels like I’ve been here a lot longer than a week the way they’ve brought me in, it’s been great.”

Hickey took to the stands to watch his new teammates fall to a 42-22 defeat against Catalan Dragons at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium last week.

But he’s confident results can improve and is excited with the prospect of playing in Wakefield’s blossoming young team.

“I came down and watched them against Catalan,” he said.

“It wasn’t the best one but if that’s the worse they can play it’s good. They’ve all come out and admitted it’s not the best game they’ve played, probably close to the worst. The way we’ve trained this week, we’ve been real positive and I’m confident we can turn it around from the weekend.”

He continued: The squad has been torn apart from the original squad I suppose but there’s a lot of young talent around, and it’s good to see the young blokes we have give it a go and see what they can show in Super League.

“It’ll be a great experience for their future. From training this week they all fit in the squad, nobody is out of place so I’m really excited, it’s not like we’re throwing a second string together we’re still a young side with a lot of young blokes that have good careers ahead of them.

“It’s exciting to play with them and see what they can do.”

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