Centre Dean Collis has pledged his future to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats after signing a new contract until the end of the 2016 season.
The Australian, in his second season at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, has been arguably Wakefield’s player of the year so far and his commitment represents a big boost for the club.
The former Cronulla Sharks man still had another year to run on his original deal but Wildcats acted fast to ensure they retained his services for another three years.
And the 27-year-old was delighted to pen the deal.
“I’m really happy to get it out of the way, I always wanted to stay at the club,” said Collis.
“We’ve been in discussions for a few weeks now, I know I’m going to be here for the next three years and I’m really happy with that.
“I’m settled here and I really enjoy the coaches and players, it’s a great group we’ve got here at the moment and I think over the next few years we can really build something exciting.”
Collis follows on from forwards Andy Raleigh and Chris Annakin in agreeing extended stays in the red, white and blue as Wildcats continue to build for the future.
The centre has been ever present in Super League for Wakefield so far this term and has notched up an impressive eleven tries along the way, the latest coming in Wildcats’ 46-10 victory at Salford City Reds on Monday night.
Collis has put that good form down to enjoying his football at Wakefield and enjoying working alongside head coach Richard Agar and his coaching staff.
“That’s a big part, coming over here I’ve really started to enjoy my footie again under Rich, he’s been really good with me along with the whole coaching staff but Rich in particular,” he commented.
“I am really close with a lot of the playing group here and we are a close-knit group so they were all major factors in me staying here.
“I’ve had a good run over the last few weeks in terms of try scoring but there was a few weeks where I wasn’t happy with the way I was playing but I’m happy now to get the contract out of the way and I feel these last couple of weeks I’m starting to get back to some form.”
On current form, Collis should undoubtedly be in the mix for awards at the club’s end-of-season awards night and he has been pleased with his form for the majority of this campaign, citing it as one of his better years.
“I’m really happy with how I’ve gone so far and I think we are forming a pretty good combination on that right edge,” he said.
“We work really hard during the week on our plays and I love playing with Timmy, Kirmo and Foxy and again that was another factor in me staying because I’m really comfortable with those guys around me.
“I feel now over the next couple of years I can start to play my best footie at this age and I still have plenty of years left in me. The next two or three years could be my best so hopefully if I stay injury free and keep working on my game I can have a few more good years.”