LEWIS Murphy admits Wakefield’s fight for survival is all about faith – win this and he may continue to have strange experiences.
Strange times like playing against the heroes of Huddersfield youth, pair Jermaine McGillvary and Leroy Cudjoe, and trotting around what is essentially a construction site with little noise on its wing.
The 20-year-old played a big part in Trinity’s derby win at Castleford, which put them two points clear of Toulouse and two points behind Warrington ahead of this weekend’s games.
He admitted his performances come from seeing boss Willie Poching, his staff and even players showing what he really can do.
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Murphy said: “I’ve been told to fight back more and believe in my abilities when I’ve got the ball in my hands.
“People have said there’s a reason I’m on Wakefield’s first team, so I’ve tried to express myself and bring out my talents a lot more.
“I didn’t express myself too much in my first few games and even against Castleford I was just saying in my head, ‘Next job, next job, make sure you get this right.’
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“We’re not home and dry yet, every game is like a grand final but everyone is confident and believe they can win every game as it should be.
“And it’s about believing that we can beat any team on our day.”
Murphy insists the fact that Toulouse lost on Thursday doesn’t change anything ahead of today’s meeting with the Catalans as Wakefield knows the importance of each game.
Having the same mental approach when he was an A-level student at Wakefield College after his favorite giants never discovered him could propel him to survive in the Super League.
If they can do that, he’ll once again be able to go head-to-head with players he’s been cheering for from the stands without becoming a “fanboy” in the process.
Staying up would also mean more weird vibes as Wakefield develops its Belle Vue site around them – right now the stand is closed along one flank.
“I was seen playing for college,” Murphy added. “I saw them doing a Pathway tag online, thought I’d give it a try and it turned out OK.
“I watched Huddersfield and looked up to Leroy and Jermaine. I played against Leroy, it was surreal but I didn’t ask for his jersey. I didn’t want to come across as a huge superfan.
“But it’s weird playing at home now because that grandstand is closed and my family used to sit there. The first thing I see when I walk out is the empty grandstand and I’m also on the wing, it’s pretty spooky at times.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5945948/wakefield-super-league-relegation/ Lewis Murphy says Wakefield has to believe they can stay in the Super League to survive