Wakefield Trinity underlined what they can achieve under new boss Mark Applegarth today as they defeated Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.
Applegarth showed that he can balance experience with young blood in today’s performance and believes this is somewhat the key to success as he elaborated that it is the key to winning Super League and something he wants to emulate.
“If you look at every club that has won Super League over the last 20 years, they’ve all got one thing in common they all have quality youth systems and they always build a team around solid youngsters through their system.
“That’s the dream. It’s getting that balance right, you’ve got to have good senior players. I don’t think it’s any secret our spend on the salary cap. It’s just getting the balance between having the out and out Super League quality you need, you can’t afford to be 5-10 percent off.
“But you have got to surround these kids you want to blood with good quality senior pros who can sort of baby sit those young lads.
“Lee Kershaw, Max Jowitt and Jordy Crowther are all examples.
“We like to think we’ve spent really smartly on the cap.”
But what can this enable Wakefield and Applegarth to achieve in 2023?
He explained his ambitions for the new season:
“We have our own goals that we have set. It’s professional sport, you play to win.
“You want to be in the play-offs, every coach would stupid not to tell you that but getting in them is a different thing.
“Get our squad fit I think we can compete with anyone. We want to be competing and anyone in that dressing room will be the same.
“You’ve got to back yourself, I want to be in those play-offs.”