Wakefield Wildcats' Ben Cockayne gets new two-year deal

Ben Cockayne
Cockayne scored 57 tries for Hull KR during a five-year spell

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have rewarded Ben Cockayne's strong start to the season with a new two-year deal.

The 28-year-old utility-back has scored seven tries in eight matches after signing for the 2012 season.

Cockayne told BBC Radio Leeds: "I've got stuck in and I've done what's been asked of me.

"I didn't feel I had a point to prove but I wanted to repay Richard [Agar, Wakefield coach] for putting his faith in me."

Media playback is not supported on this device

Cockayne delight at new contract

He added: "I like to think I've knuckled down in training as well as on the field and hopefully I've done that."

The former Hull KR player initially joined Wakefield in October after a short spell with Featherstone, during which he won the Championship Grand Final.

Cockayne made 139 appearances in five years with Hull KR before parting company by mutual consent in July 2011, after a couple of high-profile discipline issues.

"I got a bit of a wake-up call when I had to leave Hull KR last year - it was the kick up the backside that I needed," said Cockayne.

"I had a great time at Featherstone and being there on a part-time basis gave me a lot of time to reflect on what I was missing out on.

"I like to think I've put all those things behind me and I'm just looking forward to being a grown-up man and enjoying my rugby league and whatever I've got left in the tank.

"I know for a fact now that any slight slip-up and that's me probably finished as far as rugby league is concerned."

Top Stories