Throughout Halifax Panthers star Kyle Wood’s career, he has played with plenty of star players at Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity especially.
But there is one player who was one of the best he ever played with that he feels was somewhat “underrated.”
That is former Wigan Warriors halfback Tim Smith who helped Wakefield to the play-offs in 2012.
“Tim Smith was awesome that year,” Wood said of Smith, “I’ve not seen as many halfbacks as good as him at passing the ball, he was very good.
“Possibly underrated but just going off when I played with him, his pass selection, his vision was excellent when he had Richie Mathers they formed a very good combination.”
That season, under future Leeds Rhinos boss Richard Agar, Wakefield defied the odds to make the play-offs after being written off and on this Wood reflected:
“I was only young so playing in Super League week in week out was really good under Richard Agar at Wakefield when we were meant to be the worst team in Super League and we ended up making the play-offs.
“We had great team spirit, it was one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve had playing with Tim Smith, Paul Sykes, Ben Cockayne and Danny Kirmond.
“We didn’t have so called superstar players, but we played well together and we made the play-offs.
“We were the underdogs, I suppose Wakefield is an underdog team in general but we came together and played really well.”