THESE may be the toughest of times for the Wildcats.
But that’s not been reflected in the top performances of team leader Glenn Morrison.
Named as the Wildcats captain for 2011 following his move from Bradford Bulls the season before, Morrison was handed the armband in recognition of an outstanding start to his Wakefield career.
And the Australian back-row forward has carried that form into 2011, leading by example in every game so far by taking his wealth of experience and leadership skills onto the field with him.
During a glittering career, the 34-year-old has played in the Australian NRL for Balmain Tigers, North Sydney Bears, North Queensland and Parramatta Eels, and when he moved to Bradford Bulls in 2006 he became an instant hit with the Odsal faithful. He is already a big hit among the Wakefield fans.
WAKEFIELD chief John Kear is one of the most respected and highly-rated coaches in Super League.
He has been at the Wakefield helm since July 2006, immediately helping them avoid relegation.
Because of the club’s financial woes, the club has adopted the policy of recruiting young British players who have a strong team ethic and, under Kear’s guidance, look to replicate the form they showed in the 2009 season.
The former Giants coach has previously led both Sheffield Eagles and Hull FC to victory in Challenge Cup finals as well being the England coach during the 2000 World Cup Finals.
WHEN Wakefield Trinity Wildcats started the season, there were many who were predicting they wouldn’t win a game.
Having been forced into administration and docked four points before Super League XVI got under way, the club also lost several of their main players in a bid to try and balance its books.
On top of that, the Wildcats are having to live with the genuine threat of losing their place in Super League for next season, with Widnes Vikings expected to take their place for the next three years from 2012.
And when a Huddersfield reserve side went and beat Wakefield’s first team in a pre-season clash at Belle Vue in January, it looked as if the club had hit rock bottom.
But under head coach John Kear, it’s always a mistake to write the Wildcats off.
After losing their opening game to Castleford in Cardiff, they stunned the Super League world by bouncing straight back to win 38-14 at Catalan Dragons.
A couple of defeats then followed before they produced arguably the result of the season by securing a 20-6 triumph at Hull FC.
Kear’s brave battlers may have lost 28-6 at home to Leeds Rhinos last weekend.
But there were enough signs during the early stages of that contest to show they do still remain a genuine threat, and that’s what they’ll be focusing on at the Giants on Sunday.