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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats season preview 2011

By Jake Katborg
BBC Radio Leeds

Glenn Morrison
Glenn Morrison says this is likely to be his final season as a player

Given their financial problems, the start of Super League XVI cannot come too soon for Wakefield.

The Wildcats applied last week to go into administration to avoid a winding-up order over an unpaid tax bill thought to be in excess of £300,000.

However, the administrators would not be able to take control of the club until Friday 11 February - just 24 hours before Wakefield meet Castleford at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the opening weekend of the new season.

As a result of going into administration, Wakefield can expect to start the new season with a deduction of up to six points.

They hope to have new owners shortly, with Spirit of 1873 Ltd, a group backed by Yorkshire businessman Andrew Glover, claiming to have made an offer to buy the club.

Longer term, Wakefield face a nervous wait to discover if the new club will have a future in Super League, with new three-year licences to be announced in late July.

It is against this backdrop of uncertainty that the Wildcats will start the new campaign, hoping not just for financial salvation but also on-field improvement after missing out on the play-offs last season.

Captain Glenn Morrison told BBC Radio Leeds: "That's what you're playing for - the big derby games, a great stadium. It's been a big build-up and everyone just wants to get on the field.

"We can't worry about all the other stuff. That's out of our hands.

"The things we can concentrate on are training well and preparing for this game to get the result we want."

Despite signing 10 players, the Wildcats will have one of the thinnest squads in the league. But Morrison believes the mixture of youth and experience will cause a shock or two.

"I think a lot of people have written us off, and probably rightly so given the way we finished last year.

"But we've brought in a lot of young boys from successful clubs like Wigan and St Helens.

"They've got the enthusiasm and want to play for a shirt, so I think we'll surprise a few teams this season.

"John Kear is a good man to have at the helm in times like this.

John Kear
John Kear's Wakefield Trinity Wildcats finished 11th in Super League XV

"Everyone at the club now wants to play for that shirt, and that's half the battle won - you know you're going to have the bloke next to you putting in as much as you are out on the field."

This could be Morrison's last season of playing professional rugby league, the 34-year-old Australian having already looked to move into coaching.

And, while he may not be able to affect Wakefield's off-field problems, he hopes to leave his legacy on the field.

"At the moment I'm concentrating on this season and seeing what happens.

"I haven't written off playing again, but deep down this will probably be my last year so I want to be as successful as I can."

BBC Radio Leeds will once again be the home of West Yorkshire rugby league for the 2011 season and will have commentary of all three Super League matches from Magic Weekend in Cardiff.



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