Reece Lyne is a hardened Wakefield Trinity veteran.
Having made the move to Belle Vue back in 2012 from Hull FC, the centre has established himself as one of the most impressive centres in Super League.
However, Trinity did not exactly have it good in 2021 – they were second bottom to the Leigh Centurions for a great deal of the year, with Chris Chester departing towards the back end of the season.
That left assistant coach Willie Poching to step into the firing line and boy did he impress.
Five wins from Wakefield’s last seven games launched Wakefield up the table to tenth and level on points with ninth-place Huddersfield Giants.
Lyne, however, was sad to see Chester go after being with him for so long.
“I had a really good relationship with Chezzy,” Lyne said.
“We got on really well and he’s a good guy so it was disappointing and sad to see him leave.
“But I understand it’s business and that’s what happens in sport if results aren’t going the right way.”
The English three-quarter opened up on just why Poching was able to inspire such good results at the end of the season.
“I think it was just confidence – Willie again is a great guy and nothing much really changed in training and structures.
“But I think maybe just a fresh voice and a few changes of ideas got a reaction out of the lads and we got some positive results back end of the season.”