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Happy Paul Sykes is proving a point at Wildcats
As Bulls supporters rallied at a meeting at City Hall on Monday night, Paul Sykes was busy helping Wakefield to a thumping victory over Leeds Rhinos.
In front of a live Sky television audience, Sykes was named man-of-the-match after an outstanding display which further justified his move to the Wildcats.
Back in March, and out of favour at Odsal, the expert goalkicker (pictured) joined Richard Agar’s men on loan until the end of the season.
He began in the centres but has made the stand-off berth his own in recent weeks, forging a potent partnership with Australian scrum half Tim Smith.
“I’m just enjoying playing because I didn’t get that opportunity at Bradford,” said the 30-year-old.
“But I’ve played every game under Richard here at Wakefield and I’m enjoying my rugby.
“I’m just playing off Timmy and trying to make things happen off the back of what he does.
“They’re a great bunch of boys and everyone works for each other.
“That’s the mentality that Richard has brought to the side and it’s starting to pay off now.
“We’re playing some good rugby and getting results against some top teams. Being able to play week in, week out is certainly a bonus.”
Agar spoke this week of trying to make Sykes’ move permanent but the fact that he has another year remaining on his contact at Bradford means no deal will be straightforward.
Uncertainty reins at Odsal, and Sykes admitted the financial crisis at his parent club is at the back of his mind.
He explained: “I’ve still got those worries too because at the end of the day I’m still a Bradford player and have got another year left there.
“Everybody at Bradford seems to be pulling together and they’re still playing well despite all this adversity.
“It’s good to see and I hope everything works out for the club.
“I’m just trying to focus on my rugby at Wakefield and let that do my talking. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”