Chester seeks more consistency
Wakefield Trinity head coach Chris Chester says he's targeting the level of consistency that made his side so hard to beat in 2017, as his side aims to once again upset the odds in 2018.
Although Wakefield missed out on the top four, they were among the Super League's front-runners for large periods of the campaign, and recorded victories over several of the competition's most-fancied sides, after having been tipped for a relegation battle at the start of the year.
"We were very hard to beat and we want some of that same consistency we showed last year. I genuinely think we've got a stronger squad on paper than we had last year and we'll use our friendlies to work out our best combinations for the first round," said Chester, who says the players are eager to get out on the field for their friendly against Leeds Rhinos, 6.50 to win the Super League XXIII Grand Final, on Boxing Day.
"I think we are ready. There's only so much training you can do and it'll give us a fair indication of what we need to work on. The guys are pumped, it has been a long seven or eight weeks."
Chester added that Trinity, 26.00 to win the Challenge Cup next season, may choose to recruit again in 2018, following the departure of John Kear from the coaching staff, which has freed up some more money.
"We've still got some budget left. With the coaching staff being re-shuffled it has released a bit more cash," added the Wakefield boss.
"Whether that is to bring in an experienced assistant coach or another player, we will make that decision in the new year."
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