Wakefield Wildcats’ Mellars anticipating tough Hull FC challenge

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats centre Vince Mellars anticipates a tough game against Hull FC on Sunday but is relishing playing at the KC Stadium.

The 28-year-old will travel across the M62 with the rest of his Wakefield teammates looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats.

The Black and Whites will also be eager for a response following their slender defeat against Salford City Reds but Mellars is confident Wildcats are up for the challenge.

He said: “Looking back at the week we’ve had in training, we’ve had a few things that we’ve needed to improve upon but we’re also sticking to things that we’re good at. I think we’ll be looking to bring that to the Hull game and put the whole package together. It needs to happen sooner rather than later.

“They [Hull] always carry a big pack in the forwards and they’re going to be really physical so we need to absorb that.

“I’m looking forward to playing at the KC Stadium. It’s not really a welcoming stadium for visiting teams but I like playing there, it’s a decent stadium.

“I like it when you get good teams that carry good supporters like Warrington and Leeds, I enjoy playing in those kind of atmospheres.”

As well as helping bag two vital points for Wakefield, Mellars is also looking forward to a personal duel with Tony Martin, a former Wildcat and his former teammate at Crusaders.

“I’ve played alongside Tony Martin before so I’m looking forward to that match up,” he said.

“I still keep in touch with him, there’s always a bit of banter before you play your old teammates. Dean Collis knows a few of the Australian boys in their squad as well so hopefully we can get there and put on a good performance.”

It’s Mellars’s second year in Super League and he’s settling into life in Yorkshire with his family.

He enjoyed his time with Crusaders last term and was sad to see their demise but is enjoying the “good feeling” around the Merrie City.

“This is quite a big rugby league tow in Yorkshire, whereas in Wrexham the game was just starting out there,” he said.

“I’ve noticed when you walk around everyone is wearing a jersey, whether it be Leeds, Wakefield or Huddersfield but I enjoy that, it’s a good feeling around here and I know my family and I really enjoy it here and we need to make the most of the time we have here.”

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