The RFL has granted Wakefield skipper Jason Demetriou a three-month Testimonial in recognition of more than ten years service to the sport.
The Wakefield Board of Directors have also given their blessing to the 34-year-old player having a Testimonial which is expect to start during May this year.
John Huxley, the Wildcats’ Communications and Media Manager, said: “Jason has been an inspirational captain and player with Wakefield club since 2004. Before he arrived at the Hearwell Stadium he played with distinction for Lancashire Lynx, Rochdale Hornets and Widnes Vikings.”
Jason, better known to Wildcat fans as ‘JD’ has been captain to the Engage Super League Club for the last four years and, so far, he has clocked up more than 270 appearances in British professional Rugby League.
The 34-year-old Australian launched his British career in 1999 with the short-lived Preston-based club Lancashire Lynx and it has taken him from working with a development club in central Lancashire to being the skipper of an established Engage Super League club and being nominated for the prestigious ‘Man of Steel’ Award.
Besides developing his own playing career, Jason emerged as a natural leader which has been reflected in his selection as the Trinity captain for much of his time at the club, including the last four years. He also took a lead role in the Wakefield club’s response to the untimely deaths of both club-mates Adam Watene and Leon Walker.
Additionally Demetriou is regularly to be found working with the Wildcats Community Department in schools and external programmes.
Added Huxley: “Jason has been a model professional not just for the Wildcats but for British Rugby League. We hope that all followers of the sport will be able to support his Testimonial.”