Wakefield Wildcats: New boy Hall determined to shake off his utility tag

Craig Hall.
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OFF-SEASON RECRUIT Craig Hall hopes moving to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will allow him to shake off his utility tag.

The former Hull and Hull KR man has played full-back, centre, wing and stand-off since making his Super League debut in 2007, but is now looking for a move away from the three-quarters and into a settled role.

“I can play in a number of positions, but making just one my own is a priority,” Hall confirmed. “I have spent a lot of time at full-back in pre-season, so I am probably looking at there or maybe six.

“I think we have got enough cover for the outside-backs, but obviously if needs be – because of injuries or anything like that – I’d be able to play there.”

Hall added: “One and six are pretty similar. I’ve been working a lot with Timmy (Smith) and Jacob (Miller), so hopefully we can get the team around the park and keep building on that all year.”

Hall has also been Wildcats’ first-choice goal kicker in pre-season and that’s a role he wants to continue when the real business starts with a First Utility Super League round one derby at Castleford Tigers a week tomorrow.

“I asked James (coach James Webster) when I signed if he had a kicker in mind,” Hall said. “It is something I enjoy, but I haven’t always been first-choice at the other clubs I’ve been at.

“He more or less said if you put the time in practicing you can have it. It has been going all right in the pre-season games and I’d like to carry on. There’s a couple of players who can kick, so if my form dips they can jump in.”

Wakefield are favourites to finish bottom of Super League this year, but Hall reckons they have a better squad than most pundits realise.

“They have definitely added to what they had last year,” he said. “We’ve got a good-sized pack, Tim has re-signed full-time and there’s different halves with myself and Jacob.

“I am really excited about what we could do. We are just going to take it week-by-week and try and progress over the year, hopefully starting with a win at Cas.

“Everybody always seems to write off Wakefield, when they do get written off they turn teams over.

“They had some big wins in the league last year and we want to build on that with some consistency.

“We really want to make the top-eight, as everyone in the league will do. Hopefully we can build week-by-week and by round 23 we’ll be there.”

After being one of the stars of Wildcats’ pre-season, Hall is likely to be a key figure for them this year. He added: “I’m settling in really well. I’ve really enjoyed pre-season. Now I am just looking forward to playing.”

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