Wakefield Trinity PDRL captain, Darren Dean, is excited to step back out onto the field as we head to Warrington’s Victoria Park for the second festival of the year.
Trinity ran out comfortable winners a fortnight ago when they blew both Leeds and Castleford away with rampant displays on home turf.
However, with three fixtures against Bradford, Wigan and Castleford, once again, Dean is looking forward to bringing back that positive energy which served them so well in round one.
“It was fantastic [to be back], we have been chomping at the bit to get going especially as all the pre-season preparation had gone so well.
“We’ve got a tight squad, always have had so the coming together for match day isn’t something we lack.
“New signings have slotted in well to our system as well as our more experienced players helping if needed.”
Dean has led his side to back-to-back Grand Finals in 2019 and 2021, and they got off to the best possible start last weekend, setting them up perfectly for the season ahead.
However, with the new festival format now in place, games come thick and fast, something the squad is ready for.
“Every time I step out onto the pitch is a blessing for me and my teammates alike.
“I still get the exact same buzz I got some 20 odd years ago before I got Cancer. I had Cancer of the blood, but the rugby blood I had in me, I honestly feel contributed to me beating it.
“The rugby blood within is still firing”
With a few fresh faces and the old guard still going strong, the side will be confident of going all the way in 2022, and with that winning feeling already laced throughout the group, they will be confident of returning at the back end of the year.
However, with that to take place, they must keep performing, and Dean is confident that there is still much more to come.
“We have only given six points away in defence so far and scored nearly 10 times more than that.
“We have always been able to cross the line with our skill, but it’s the defence that wins matches.
“We have tightened this up this year to go one better and raise that trophy that has been so close each year.”
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