HIS VERSATILITY has proven more than useful as have his performances and Hull FC’s Dean Hadley admits he would be happy to stay on loan at Wakefield Trinity longer if needed.
The second-row, 24, completes his one-month stint at the West Yorkshire club when they visit Catalans Dragons tonight, seeking a fourth win in five games.
Although well-respected at Hull, Hadley is behind the likes of Sika Manu and Mark Minichiello plus former Trinity duo Danny Washbrook and Gareth Ellis for back-row spots.
At Chris Chester’s Wakefield, he started his opening two games there but also showed his all-round footballing ability by playing at hooker in last week’s win against Leigh Centurions.
“I’ve done it a couple of times,” revealed Hadley.
“It’s not my position – I am not a hooker – but I will play anywhere for the team.
“We knew they would come at us through the middle; Chezzie wanted me to start at hooker, add a bit of size to the middle and defensively tighten up. I thought it went all right.
“I am just happy playing, that’s what I want to do. That’s the reason I came here, because I want to be playing in Super League.
“I am happy with how I’ve gone and as long as I am playing I am happy. I’ve loved it at Wakefield.”
Trinity began round seven in eighth spot, one place and a point above Catalans.
Hull-born Hadley said: “That makes Saturday a big one in the race for Super 8s places.
“Catalans are a very strong team and playing in the south of France always a challenge.
“We have got to front-up, especially our middles. If we do what we did last week it gives us the platform to kick on and we will be right in the game.”
Having beaten in-form Salford Red Devils, Hadley was helpless in preventing a heavy defeat at Leeds but Wakefield responded with victory over Leigh.
He added: “It’s nice to get some wins. We were really disappointed with what happened at Leeds; we didn’t turn up and we got challenged from the outside – and even the inside – as players.
“We knew we let ourselves down, we had to turn up against Leigh and we did.
“It was really important we bounced back with a really gutsy performance and we did show a lot of character.”