WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats youngster Max Jowitt says his in-form side “fear nobody” in Super League and are now striving for the top four.
They tackle joint-top Catalans Dragons during the first game of Sunday’s Magic Weekend list at Newcastle having defeated leaders Warrington last week.
That was an eighth win in nine games under new head coach Chris Chester so it is no surprise last season’s bottom club – now up to sixth – are so buoyant.
Further boosted by yesterday’s news that captain Danny Kirmond has signed a new two-year deal, there are signs aplenty that Trinity are moving in the right direction. Exciting full-back Jowitt is just one their players who has caught the eye and, asked if they can push on for the top-four and a highest-ever Super League finish, he admitted: “Definitely. The camp is buzzing at the moment. There’s no reason why we can’t.
“This run just shows we can beat anyone. We’re not afraid of playing any team, we go out and go for the win every single time and that will be the same Sunday.
“Catalans are a great side with plenty of big middles and plenty of strike around the edge as well.
“But it’s nothing we can’t handle; we’ll come out firing on Sunday and try get another win.”
Jowitt, who only turned 19 earlier this month, has thrived since Chester took over from Brian Smith in March. He was picked for the first time this season in Chester’s first game – the 22-4 defeat at Hull FC – and has played in seven of the next nine games, of which Trinity have lost just one.
The Wakefield-born player has made the full-back jersey his own despite the presence of some experienced rivals.
Jowitt said: “Chezzy believes in us (youngsters) and that’s all we need. We have to go out and show it on the field and be thankful of that chance.
“I’m still young and still learning, still trying to pick tips up from people like Craig Hall and Ben Jones-Bishop – people who have played my position and can still play there. I’m just trying to cement a place and have plenty of learning to do.
“While I’m still young I’m going to make a few mistakes but I’ll learn from them and, hopefully, develop my game.”
Jowitt, son of former Trinity centre Ian, should face Tony Gigot, the France full-back, when they take on star-studded Catalans. But after that 36-28 win against Warrington, there will be no trepidation.
“We knew they’d be a tough challenge but we don’t like to get turned over on our own ground,” recalled Jowitt.
“We prepared well and got a special win. The lads were confident all week. I think every person who played believed we could win and it showed.”
Meanwhile, second-row Kirmond, 30, said: “Having been here for six years now, the club, the fans and the rest of the boys mean a lot to me.
“Having seen some low times in my time at Wakefield I genuinely feel the club is now in the best position it’s been in during my stay.
“It’s been great since Chris came in and hopefully we can continue to move forward. I look forward to the rest of this season – and hopefully finishing my career as a Wildcat.”