Rovers star Wildie: Competition for places will be high next season

Matty Wildie: "The squad has improved from last season."
Matty Wildie: "The squad has improved from last season."

MATTY Wildie believes keen competition for places will make Featherstone Rovers a tough team to beat in 2018.

The 27-year-old former Wakefield and Dewsbury half-back or hooker is tipping Rovers to do well after the recruitment of key players including half-backs Martyn Ridyard and Tom Holmes.

“Competition for places will be high and that should see us become a much tougher team to play, with more of us fighting for spots,” said Wildie.

“The squad has improved from last season and we have a lot of talented players, who can play in several different positions.

“The guys that have come in have settled in well and training is going good.

“I think we are all going to bring the best out of each other in pre season and throughout the course of next year.

“We have a massive season coming up and I, for one, cannot wait to get into it.”

Wildie is happy to play in the halves or at hooker next season.

“Hooker is my primary position but I have played elsewhere - and am happy to do so,” he added.

“I am just working really hard on my own game, to be the best I can be.

“With so many quality players pushing for position, it is only pushing me harder.

“We are going into 2018 on the back of a solid 2017 and what we believe will be a great pre season, so it should be a great one for the fans to enjoy.”