As the most unpredictable Super League season in history seems to get crazier by the week, the exploits of Wakefield are gradually coming into the forefront of people’s minds.
They are one of the competition’s in-form sides, have thrived since Chris Chester took charge and, after toiling at the bottom of the table before Chester’s arrival, now find themselves just four points off the top four.
And young fullback Max Jowitt – who has epitomised the vigour and flair with which Chester’s Wildcats play in recent weeks – insists his side “fear nobody”, and the top four is certainly not beyond them in 2016.
When asked about their top four chances, Jowitt said: “Definitely. Why not?
“The camp is buzzing at the moment. There’s no reason why we can’t.
“This run just shows we can beat anyone. We’re not afraid of playing any team, we go out and go for the win every single time and that will be the same Sunday.”
Chester has entrusted fellow local lad Jowitt with a demanding role at fullback since coming into the team – and the youngster has certainly responded.
But Jowitt was quick to pay credit to the Wakefield coach for how he has helped him settle into first-team life.
“Chezzy believes in us (youngsters) and that’s all we need,” he said. “We have to go out and show it on field and be thankful of that chance.
“I’m still young and still learning, still trying to pick tips up from people like Craig Hall and Ben Jones-Bishop – people who have played my position and can still play there.
“I’m just trying to cement a place in the team and have plenty of learning to do. While I’m still young I’m going to make a few mistakes along the way but I’ll learn from them and hopefully develop my game.”
And this weekend will be extra special for Jowitt; having travelled to Magic Weekend events in the past to cheer Trinity on, this weekend he will get the chance to play for his beloved club.
“As soon as I turned up to look at it (St James’ Park) Monday, you sense how big it is from the outside.
“But when you get in on pitch side it’s ridiculous how big some of these stands are. It blew me away a little to be honest.
“As soon as we get some fans in here it will be bouncing.
“As a young lad I always followed Wakefield. I came to a few of the Magic Weekend games in Manchester and to now play in one, if I do get chance, will be a magical moment too.”