Less is Moore for Wildcats prop
Wakefield prop forward Richard Moore is hoping his mystery illness can be a blessing in disguise ahead of the new season.
By Chris Hammer
Last Updated: 22/01/09 12:03pm
Wakefield prop forward Richard Moore is hoping his mystery illness can be a blessing in disguise as he looks ahead to the new Super League season.
The 27-year-old has lost almost two stone in weight over the past five weeks and on Friday he'll see a specialist in a bid to finally diagnose the problem, which has put his pre-season preparations behind schedule.
Moore is confident of making a speedy recovery in time for the Wildcats' opening match against Wigan on Sunday February 8 and, although one of his first priorities will be to put some of the lost weight back on, he thinks being lighter could have a positive impact on his performances.
He said: "Hopefully the specialist will be able to tell me what's wrong and then I'll be able to start full training on Monday. I want to get a couple of weeks solid training before the Wigan game.
"I haven't got a clue what's going on but I'm just hoping the specialist can tell it's this or that and then give me something to cure it.
"I don't think I've been this light before. I've lost two stone so I'm pretty skinny at the moment and I need to get a couple of good weight sessions in the next couple of weeks to bulk up again. I'm sure the weight will come back on easy enough.
"It has hampered my pre-season but luckily I did do quite a lot of extra stuff because of a knee problem which meant I had to stay on top of my fitness. Before I got ill my fitness was up there so it's not as if I've sat at home for three weeks putting weight on.
"I haven't put weight on because I haven't been eating so when I feel better it should just be my strength and a bit of fitness I'll be lacking. But I'm pretty sure I can sort that out right away though.
"The good thing is I was probably a little bit over weight anyway so maybe I'll be able to control it a bit more and play a little bit lighter this year. Although at the moment I'm too light to play at prop."
Following an encouraging 2008, Wakefield coach John Kear has opted to keep the faith with most of last season's crop of players having brought just two new faces into the squad - James Stosic making the switch from the NRL and Steve Snitch re-joining the club from Huddersfield.
And Moore has praised this policy and believes keeping the tight-knit group of Wildcats together will give them a better chance of continuing their progression.
"I think the good thing is we haven't changed the team too much and everybody is used to playing with each other," he added. "There's been two new faces but I don't think it will take them long to settle in and it seems as though they've impressed in training.
"I haven't trained with them but noises coming from other players suggest they've turned up in the right frame of mind and looking forward to a big season.
"Some people might think we haven't brought in enough players but it doesn't always work. If you bring too many new faces in it takes time to gel but we've been together a couple of years now and everybody knows what each other are going to do."
Moore has his sights firmly on helping Wakefield make the top eight in the newly expanded Super League and believes the standard of competition will be as tough as ever.
"We've taken a lot out of the past two seasons," he said. "We've been starting off really well and the coaching staff have been through a lot of things and changed the way we've trained to make sure we can peak at the right times
"Obviously it's top eight this year and all the lads are confident we can make that and I'm sure we can as well.
"The eliminator system when you can choose who you want to play will obviously benefit the teams who finish higher but it will be interesting to see what teams they'll pick. It will be a good challenge which it has been for the last couple of years.
"It's so competitive now with the lower teams often picking the higher ones off so it's tough for everyone."