Wakefield Wildcats' Ben Cockayne gets new two-year deal

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have rewarded Ben Cockayne's strong start to the season with a new two-year deal.

The 28-year-old utility-back has scored seven tries in eight matches after signing for the 2012 season.

Cockayne told BBC Radio Leeds: "I've got stuck in and I've done what's been asked of me.

"I didn't feel I had a point to prove but I wanted to repay Richard [Agar, Wakefield coach] for putting his faith in me."

He added: "I like to think I've knuckled down in training as well as on the field and hopefully I've done that."

The former Hull KR player initially joined Wakefield in October after a short spell with Featherstone, during which he won the Championship Grand Final.

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I know for a fact now that any slight slip-up and that's me probably finished

Ben Cockayne

Cockayne made 139 appearances in five years with Hull KR before parting company by mutual consent in July 2011, after a couple of high-profile discipline issues.

"I got a bit of a wake-up call when I had to leave Hull KR last year - it was the kick up the backside that I needed," said Cockayne.

"I had a great time at Featherstone and being there on a part-time basis gave me a lot of time to reflect on what I was missing out on.

"I like to think I've put all those things behind me and I'm just looking forward to being a grown-up man and enjoying my rugby league and whatever I've got left in the tank.

"I know for a fact now that any slight slip-up and that's me probably finished as far as rugby league is concerned."