Catalans stand-off Todd Carney says Wakefield are a class team and a completely different proposition in 2016.
The Wildcats knocked off the Dragons at Magic Weekend on Sunday thanks to a freak field goal from Jacob Miller from halfway.
Last year Wakefield only stayed in Super League with a close win in the Million Pound Game against Bradford, but Carney says he has been impressed by Chris Chester’s outfit this year.
“All credit to them,” he said.
“A lot of people when they play against Wakefield, it’s not the same anymore. They’re a class side and they’re showing it the way they’re playing.
“We had opportunities to win the game but all credit to them. They fought back and played some good football.”
Carney had a running battle with Miller throughout the game.
The two Australian halves are friends and played together at the Roosters. The pair caught up for a cup of tea and a chat on Saturday before their two teams faced off.
“Jacob’s a class player,” Carney said.
“You give that opportunity, he had a lot of time to kick it and good players come up with those kicks. He did that today, he was the difference there today for them.
I’m good mates with ‘Milky’, I played with him at the Roosters. We had a bit of a run in at the game and he had the last laugh, which is how football goes sometimes.