Wakefield sign Bulldog Millard
Wakefield Wildcats have secured the services of centre Daryl Millard on a two-year deal from the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The 24-year old will make the switch from the NRL to Super League in time for the 2010 campaign with the Wildcats.
The man they call ‘Magic’ has made sixty first grade appearances and one of his twenty career tries came for previous club St. George Illawarra Dragons in their 28-0 NRL semi-final play-off win over Manly Sea Eagles.
Millard represented Fiji in the 2008 World Cup, appearing in three of there games as they reached the semi-final stage.
The signing of Millard is the fourth major coup the Wildcats have made in preparation for engage Super League XV following on from the signatures of Terry Newton, Glenn Morrison and Shane Tronc.
Last week the club also announced that seven of their brightest Academy prospects will become full-time members of the first team squad next year.
Wakefield Head Coach John Kear revealed that Millard is a player he has followed the progress of for some time.
“Daryl is a player who burst onto the scene for St. George Illawarra Dragons and I have followed his career with great interest ever since.”
“When it became apparent that he was to become available owing to the outstanding form of Josh Morris and Jamal Idris at the Bulldogs, we were delighted to be able to secure his services.”
“We saw off competition from other Super League clubs for his signature and we believe Daryl has his best years ahead of him and he is a major and exciting capture for our club,” said Kear.
The Fijian international is eagerly anticipating coming to ply his trade in Super League, and believes Wakefield can help bring the best out of him.
“The club is heading in the right direction and it was important for me to go to a club that is going to be successful,” stated Millard.
“I have been impressed with Wakefield’s progress and that is one of the main reasons I chose to come to the club.”
“Everyone I spoke to about the Wildcats said it was a great club and that the people there are fantastic so hopefully I can play my best football at Wakefield.”
Speaking on the other new signings who will be turning out in the red, white and blue of Wakefield next year, Millard said: “They’re all very good signings, very experienced players who have played a lot of good football.”
“I know from playing in the NRL this year that Shane Tronc has been one of the form front rowers and I think we can all contribute to a successful season for the Wildcats next year,” added Millard.