Arona: New buzz at Wakey

Wakefield forward Tinirau Arona feels there is a new buzz and renewed confidence at Belle Vue following the arrival of coach Chris Chester.

Chester got off to a great start in his first game as Wakefield coach with the Wildcats defeating Huddersfield on Good Friday.

Arona said he can sense a change at the club already, with Wakefield winning just one game in 2016 before his appointment.

“You can already feel a refreshing buzz around the place,” he told Love Rugby League.

“We were walking into training with our heads down and low on confidence.

“He brings a new fresh start. Hopefully we can build on this. It’s only round eight, we’ve still got a little bit of time on our hands.”

Arona was brought to Wakefield by Brian Smith in the off-seasiand admits he was upset with the coach’s unexpected departure.

“It was a bit unexpected,” the 26-year old said.

“He has his reasons. I will always respect Brian with what he does and the decisions he makes.

“He gave me my NRL debut jersey, that was a dream come true for me. I’ve got nothing against Brian.

“That’s just part of football. We just have to move on. All we can do is stick together as a playing group.”

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