Wakefield Wildcats’ Moore eager to keep his starting role following Super League debut

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats stand-off Gareth Moore is confident he can make the grade in Super League after making his debut in last week’s defeat at Salford City Reds.

The 21-year-old arrived at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium from Batley Bulldogs in April but has had to bide his time in getting a first start in the red, white and blue.

It wasn’t the start he wanted results-wise as Wakefield fell to a 34-12 defeat at The Willows, but he was delighted to make his top-flight debut.

“We never got started really at Salford apart from that first try, but I thank John and I thank for the club for giving me my [Super League] debut,” he said.

“I’ve been here about two months now and it’s hard when you’ve been at clubs like Batley and Leeds and learning their plays and then coming straight to another club.

“It’s hard to adapt but I think I’ve adapted pretty well and hopefully I can kick on and keep my place in the team.”

The former Leeds man is also known for good kicking and scored two goals at Salford.

He continued: “It’s different to the Championship. It was a lot faster, it was physical as well.

“I concentrated on making my tackles and not missing any tackles, which I did well. We didn’t get a lot of ball as a team and I didn’t get a lot of the ball myself so hopefully this week we can fix that against Huddersfield.

“I’m improving every day in training, I’m learning stuff everyday in training and hopefully this week I can show what I can do with ball in hand.”

Moore is set for his first outing in front of the Wakefield fans against the high-flying Giants this Sunday (kick-off 3.30pm) - and he can’t wait to get out on the Rapid Solicitors Stadium pitch.

“I can’t wait, I’m really excited,” he enthused.

“Huddersfield are a top team, they’re a top-two team, but they’ve got a few players out. Brough’s out which is a bonus for us and hopefully we’ll take what we’re doing in training into the game and hopefully we’ll get a result.

“It’s going to be a difficult game, they have fringe players that can come and slot in and do well at this level if needed. No game’s an easy game in Super League.

“I think a lot got taken out of us against Castleford in the Challenge Cup but we just need to pick our confidence back up and play how we want to play and we should get the results.”

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