Wakefield have completed the signing of Richard Mathers on a two-year contract
Richard Mathers has made his loan move to Wakefield permanent after signing a two-year deal with the Wildcats.
Last Updated: 24/10/12 7:03pm
The full-back joined Wakefield on loan from Castleford Tigers at the start of last season and went on to make 27 appearances, impressing as the Wildcats qualified for the play-offs.
His performance both on and off the field saw him rewarded with the club's vice-captaincy and the 28-year-old admits he is delighted to have now committed his future to the club.
"The feeling I have is one of a big relief," Mathers told the club's website. "I have been thankful throughout to Wakefield and it was never in question I wanted to stay because I enjoyed it so much last year.
"To get a two-year deal and represent the club while hopefully playing a big part is something that I really am delighted about. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a season as much. We evolved as a team as we found our way towards the back half of the season and it was a great journey."
With Wakefield having also secured Bradford's Paul Sykes on a permanent contract and completed deals for State of Origin prop Justin Poore and Hull winger Reece Lyne, Mathers believes that he is joining a club very much on the up.
"I think we have that continuity because there will not be too much chopping and changing," Mathers added. "We started (last) pre-season with 17 new players and by the time we finished the season we had 20 new players throughout the season and that is just unbelievable.
"It has probably gone unnoticed that the achievement in making the top eight with that fantastic run to say how we started the season new together, including the coaching staff."