SMITH EXTENDS WILDCATS STAY
Wakefield Wildcats have rewarded Tim Smith for his impressive form in 2012 with a new twelve month contract.
Smith arrived as one of the close season recruits for the start of a new era at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and sits fifth in the table for try assists in Super League XVII having laid on 19 tries for teammates already this season.
The Australian has also contributed five tries to the Wakefield cause with his match clinching score in the Magic Weekend derby victory over rivals Castleford Tigers one that will live long in the memory of Wildcats fans as Smith capped a man of the match display with a superb solo effort.
Having initially signed a one-year deal for 2012, Smith will now remain in the red, white and blue until the end of 2013, with the scrum-half excited to be staying part of the new era at the Wildcats.
“I’m really happy with the new deal and hopefully we’re building for something good here at Wakefield,” Smith told Wildcats TV.
“We’re definitely on the way up and I’m enjoying my time.
“We had 18 new players and a new coach so it was probably a little bit tough at the start. But we all get on really well and that’s a good thing. Rich (Agar) has given a few indications of where we’re going and it’s really good so I’m really happy to be here and be here for another 12 months.
“I’m pretty happy with my form and obviously want to continue with that through the rest of the year and hopefully build for next year and have a good off-season.”
Smith’s importance to the Wildcats is highlighted by the calibre of players standing ahead of him in the try assist charts.
Only Wigan’s Sam Tomkins and Brett Finch, reigning Man of Steel Rangi Chase and Hull KR’s Michael Dobson have more assists to their name than Smith.
Head coach Richard Agar has been pleased with Smith’s contribution to the Wildcats in 2012 and is looking forward to having the Australian in his ranks again in Super League XVIII.
“It may have been seen as a gamble by some when we signed Tim but his experience and influence on our side has developed and evolved as the season has gone on and that’s shown by being amongst the leaders in try assists in Super League,” commented Agar.
“His organisational skills and the quality of his service has been invaluable to us throughout the campaign. I feel great pride that Timmy has been able to come to the Wildcats and rebuild his career in the game when it looked at one point that he might fade out of it.
“He’s put himself in a position where other clubs have sat up and taken note but he’s happy to commit to us and I know he’ll continue to repay the faith we’ve shown in him.”
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