FRIENDSHIP goes a long way in rugby league and there appears to be a whole heap of brotherly love in Wolves’ first team.
Whether things are going good or bad, such spirit can be crucial for team dynamics.
And for Wolves to have galvanised such an environment in a year of many personnel changes – including many youngsters feeling their way into elite-level sport – is an achievement.
Winger Gene Ormsby, who has this week extended his contract until the end of 2016, is in his breakthrough year after plying his trade in the Academy system and then on dual registration with Swinton in the Championship last year.
He said: “It feels like how we used to play at under 18s and under 20s level, when you’re with your mates and you just love playing rugby together.
“And to feel like that at first grade I think is the best way to go about it.
“Everyone’s enjoying their rugby. In training, there’s a really good attitude and atmosphere.
“I’m probably enjoying my rugby more than I’ve ever enjoyed it.”
And part of the enjoyment for the 21-year-old is the experience of playing in front of big crowds, with regularly 10,000-plus supporters cheering from the stands and many of them chanting ‘Geno, Geno’ after tries like the one he scored to earn Wolves a win at Hull on Friday.
“It’s mad, crazy,” he said.
“I remember on my debut at Leeds they were all chanting ‘Geno’.
“I’d been used to playing in front of 400-500 people with Swinton last year.
“And when I rocked up at Leeds for my debut I realised it was like a totally different dynamic.
“But I really enjoy it.
“I feel like the crowd have been good to me and I feel that’s helped me out.
“It’s good to feed off the crowd.”
He is learning as the season goes along by teating every-thing as a new experience.
And Ormsby says confidence is generally high in the camp.
“I feel like we can beat anyone,” he said.
“Our team has a mixture of youth and experience.
“The young guys like me are enthusiastic and keen to do well, whereas the older guys have that but also are more level headed and know how to go about getting a win.
“They lead us around the park, the likes of Micky Higham and Michael Monaghan, and we need that.”