Experienced prop Andy Raleigh has pledged his future to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats by signing a one-year contract extension.
The 32-year-old will remain at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium until the end of the 2014 season after agreeing the deal, which he says was an easy decision to make.
“I’m really pleased,” he said. “It was a bit of the unknown - I’d spent seven years at Huddersfield when I first came here. I saw it as a new start, a bit of an opportunity to get plenty of games under my belt. Last year went really well so it wasn’t a big decision to re-sign, it was something I really wanted to do.”
Raleigh played a big part in helping Wildcats to the Super League play-offs last season and was named Players’ Player of the Year last term for his efforts.
The former Huddersfield Giants man says he was able to enjoy some of his best rugby league in 2012 and paid tribute to his teammates and coaching staff for helping him along the way.
“They’re a great bunch of lads,” he commented.
“Last year we got in the play-offs when we probably weren’t expected to and we’ve got a good, competitive side. I get on with the coaching staff and it’s been a really good move for me. I feel like last year I played some of my best stuff so it goes without saying it was an easy decision to make to stay.”
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar says Raleigh is a “tremendous asset” to his squad and had no doubts in offering him an extended deal.
“We just think Andy has been a really consistent performer for us,” said the Cats boss.
“He was our player of the year last year. He’s had a slower start this year and been hampered with a couple of niggles but he’s gradually getting back to his best form. His experience and his professionalism around the place have been a tremendous asset to us and he’s highly respected within the group.”
He added: “We feel that Andy, where he’s at in terms of how his body is holding up and what he gives to our squad, we’re happy to give him another year for sure.”