Lyne signs new contract at Wakefield Wildcats

Reece Lyne
Reece Lyne

Reece Lyne has committed his future to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats by signing a new three-year contract.

The 21-year old still had over a year remaining on his current contract but has opted to extend his stay at the Wildcats further, meaning he is now contracted until the end of 2017.

A former England Academy international, Lyne has been an impressive performer for the Wildcats in 2014 scoring eight tries in 12 appearances, more than doubling his Super League tally from the start of the campaign.

Lyne debuted as a 17-year-old at Hull FC before making the move to the Wildcats at the beginning of 2013. With 40 Super League appearances behind him Lyne is eager to continue the marked improvement he has shown in 2014 and feels the Rapid Solicitors Stadium is the right place for him to do it.

“I’m really excited,” said Lyne. “I sat down and had a good think about it and thought to myself ‘I’m happy here, I really enjoy it here so why look elsewhere?’

“I really enjoy my rugby here and every time I come training I’ve got a smile on my face and I love playing with the boys.

“I had a year left and I’m grateful to Rich [Agar] for bringing me here, it’s been the most enjoyable part of my career playing here. The club approached me about extending my contract and I was more than happy to do that.

“I feel comfortable more each week. I know I’ve got a lot of developing and learning to do but I feel a lot more comfortable in my surroundings. You start to understand yourself better and what works for you.

“I want to string a consistent number of games together and be out on the field as many weeks as possible. This year and last year I’ve had injuries that have kept me out for a couple of months so I just want to string a good 20-25 games together and build some partnerships up and cement a starting spot.”

After securing Super League status with just under a third of the season remaining, Lyne sees no reason why the Wildcats can’t be genuine contenders to finish in the top eight when the new league format comes into play in 2015.

“You want to be competing with these top teams - that’s what I signed for. You don’t want to be worrying about relegation and I think with the calibre of players we’ve got and a few additions then I think we can be challenging [for the top eight].”

“It’s fantastic news that Reece wanted to extend his deal with us,” said Trinity head coach James Webster. “He had a lot of interest from other places and realistically, you need to look at what Reece has done at the age of only 21. He’s only to get better.

“We want to look over the next couple of years to bring on good, young players at Wakefield and Reece fits that category for us. We think that he’s the type of kid that can really kick-on and become a fantastic player for Wakefield.”

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