Wakefield snap up Ben Cockayne


Wakefield have today announced the signing of Ben Cockayne on a one-year deal.

The former Featherstone and Hull KR utility back is the latest player that Richard Agar has announced to the Wildcats’ new look squad for the 2012 season.

Cockayne’s versility has seen him play at full back, centre and on the wing during his time at Hull KR and more recently with Featherstone where he scored a try in their 40-4 Grand Final victory over Sheffield.

The 28-year-old scored 57 times for Hull KR in 139 appearances and is looking forward to playing again in the Super League.

“I’m really looking forward to it. Rich [Agar] has really made a bit of a statement with the players he has signed and the ones the club had already signed. I think the future is looking good for Wakefield and it’s an opportunity for me to come and get back in Super League

“I’ve not really spoken to Rich about any particular position yet but just like at Hull KR, I’ll do a job wherever I’m needed. 

“As long as I’m playing each week consistently and contributing for the team then I’ll be happy.”

Cockayne went on to state that the Wildcats can be a force in 2012

“I think you’ve got to be targeting the top eight. There are a lot of new players and I think if we gel together quickly then we could spring a few surprises. But it’s just one step at a time and hopefully we can do well and be consistent.”

Head Coach Richard Agar is please to have added more Super League experience to his squad

“Ben is a quality rugby league player who will bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the side.

“His versatility is certainly something that will be beneficial to us as we put the final pieces of the squad together for next year and I’m certain he will be an important part of the team in 2012.

“We’re all aware that Ben has had his off-field issues previously and this deal has been structured accordingly, but everyone is firmly focussed on the future and the qualities he will bring us on the field.”