WAKEFIELD Wildcats’ clash with Leeds Rhinos at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday will be that little bit extra special for one Wakefield player.
Wildcats’ on-loan prop forward Kyle Amor has been given the green light to play against his parent club just days after extending his loan deal from the Rhinos for an extra month.
The 23-year-old has played in all four matches since making the loan switch, initially for a month, from Headingley and his impressive performances have resulted in Wakefield extending the deal for another month.
He’s set to start his fifth game on the spin against Rhinos on Sunday and is looking forward to showing Brian McDermott, the Leeds head coach, exactly what he’s missing out on.
“I’ve got mixed feelings about it,” he said.
“It’s going to be weird playing against my mates but I’m a Wakefield player now so for me it’s just to go out there and perform as strong as I can and show both coaches, both Brian and John, that I can play and see what comes of it.
“Leeds were always going to let me play. It’s good of them because it gives me a chance to show Brian McDermott in front of him what I can produce and hopefully it’s enough, if things don’t go well for Leeds or they do get one or two injuries, for him to can call me back to play for him. That’s my goal, to end up playing for Leeds in the first team.”
Amor’s sights are set on becoming a regular first-team fixture for the Rhinos beyond his loan stint with Wakefield.
But that won’t stop him running out with the Wildcats looking to help them to their first victory on home soil this season.
Wildcats have enjoyed away wins at Catalans Dragons and, more recently, at Hull FC but have yet to win at home this term.
“Leeds are a class team but we’ve just been focusing on what we can do this week and I’m not really going to say who’ll win, I’ll just be concentrating on my own performance and trying to be the best I can for Wakefield and hopefully get two points.
“When I play I play to win. It wouldn’t be right for me to say I’m hoping Leeds won, because everytime I go on to the field I want to play the best I can and hopefully get two points.”
He added: “Over the last two weeks there have been massive steps forward and it’s good that we’re now out of that minus four points, that’s off our back.
“I think a lot of the lads now want to put a few good solid performances and wins together and hopefully climb that table a little bit so that rather than teams talking about how bad Hull were they start talking about how well Wakefield played because we are a young side and a lot of the team just want to silence a few people and show that we are a good young side.”
The Whitehaven-born prop was happy to see his loan spell at Wakefield extended this week and is confident there’s more to come from him in the coming weeks.
“After the game at Hull on Friday Gary Hetherington came over to me and told me that they’d arrange for my loan to be extended so I was just happy.
“Obviously I can’t wait to play for Leeds but at this moment in time in my career I’m happy to be at Wakefield.”
“I feel I’ve taken steps in the right direction. It is a stepping stone to get into the Leeds first team and I know there’s a lot of hard work and that it’s nowhere near the finished product yet.
He continued: “If I can just keeping adding little bits to my game every week and fixing up some wrong things that I still am doing. Here at Wakefield’s the best place for me to do that.
“It’s a different experience here. There are no egos here, just like Leeds, there’s a real togetherness here and I think that’s started to show over the last few weeks.
“Everyone’s willing to work that little bit harder for each other. We just do what we can do to the best of our ability and I think that’s all you can ask for really.
“I’m really enjoying it and just getting to play every week at the top level makes me happy as a player. There’s going to be some days that are hard and some weeks that are long but overall if we can just stick together and help each other out then it’ll be good.”
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