RISING STAR Daniel Smith has signed a new contract which will keep him at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats until the end of 2017.
The ex-Leeds Rhinos Academy forward – from Castleford – signed for Wildcats at the start of the season on a one-year deal, having spent 2012 with South Sydney Rabbitohs’ under-20s.
The 21-year-old, who is recovering from a knee injury, has made 16 Super League appearances this year, scoring three tries.
He has made more metres this season than any other forward and more carries than any of his team-mates ahead of the defeat away to Catalan Dragons two days ago.
“I’ve been talking to the club for a number of weeks now and I’m happy I’ve got something sorted so I can kick on with my career and keep improving,” Smith said.
“I didn’t think I was going to play as many games as I have done this year, which I’m grateful for. Now Webbo (coach James Webster) is in he sees me as a first team player, so I’m really looking forward to playing under him for the next three years.”
Smith, who had not played a first team game before this season, added: “This club gave me the opportunity in the first place and I thought I’d repay them by signing a three-year deal, so hopefully we can kick on now.
“We’ve survived relegation so we just want to keep kicking on. If we keep doing as we are then I think we’ll be pushing for a top-eight spot next year.”