Richard Owen relishing new start at Wakefield

Richard Owen still has big ambitions for the future and that is why he has recently signed a new three-year contract with Wakefield, who he will join from local rivals Castleford Tigers after spending time on loan with the Wildcats in 2014.

The 24-year-old can operate at fullback or on the wing and he believes his new club has a bright future and can compete in the higher levels of Super League in 2015.

“I’ve got big ambitions for the rest of my career and Wakefield are a club on the up and that’s why I signed a three year deal here,” Owen told League Express.

“I expect them to move on and we’re in good hands with (Chairman) Michael Carter.”

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“We’ll take each game as it comes hopefully we’ll be there or thereabouts near the top of the table. We don’t want to have to mess about with relegation. With the players we’ve signed and those we’ve kept, hopefully we won’t have to worry about that.”

Owen admitted it was tough to leave the Tigers, having been with the club since 2007, when they signed him from Featherstone Rovers as a 16-year-old.

During those years he was listed on three separate occasions by ‘Rugby League World’ magazine as one of the top 100 players in the world aged 19 or under.

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He scored six tries in 14 matches for the Wildcats last season, including one in September’s 26-22 derby defeat to the Tigers.

“I had half of last season here on loan and really enjoyed myself. We managed to sort a deal out with Castleford and then Wakefield offered me a three-year deal. It was appealing to me.”

Lopini Paea, Mickael Simon, Tim Smith, Matty Ashurst, Chris Riley and Craig Hall have also joined the Wildcats for the coming season.