CRUSADERS’ supporters can expect another fully committed display from action-man Nick Youngquest in Saturday’s last game showdown at home to Hull KR, (6.45pm kick off).
The stats show that Youngquest covers more ground any of his Crusaders’ team-mates with his finishing power making a firm favourite with the Racecourse crowd.
Youngquest has scored 11 tries in 26 appearances for Brian Noble’s side and he is also Crusaders’ top metre maker, having totted up 3,141 meters, which puts him in the top five in Super League.
And he admits he is happy with his current form.
“I probably didn’t have the best start to the year,” said Youngquest. “To be honest, full-back isn’t my favourite position and since I’ve moved to the wing I feel this is where I have been playing my best rugby.
“Buit it’so great playing with the other guys in the back line, with Clinton Shifcofske and Luke Dyer. We’ve been playing regular now, which is pretty good.
It’s also been good playing outside Vinny Mellars as well; we’ve developed a good partnership over the past few months. I have been happy with the way I have been playing. It’s our last game of the season this week, we want it to be a good one and we really want to get the points and progress to the finals.”
Youngquest insists Crusaders are ready for the biggest game in their history when they face Hull KR this Saturday.
“Preparations have been going well for the Hull KR game,” Youngquest said.
“Training has been good this week. We’ve been working on what we need to improve on, as well as looking at what Hull KR do well and what they don’t do so well. Hopefully we can get the win and get into the play-offs.
“To be honest everyone is pretty relaxed at the moment. Before the St Helens game there was a few nerves and I am sure as we get closer to game day there will be a few. But like I said, everyone is pretty calm at the moment and we’re realise what we need to do on Saturday.
Regardless of Saturday result, the 2010 Super League season has been a successful one for the club.
During their first year in Rugby League’s top tier, the Welsh side suffered a baptism of fire and endured a difficult 2009. However, under the guidance of head coach Noble, along with assistants Iestyn Harris and Jon Sharp, the team have been transformed.
Their push for the play-offs is made more remarkable due to a chaotic pre-season, where the club relocated from South to North Wales.
Youngquest was one of the first players to join Noble’s new look Crusaders following his move from Gateshead Thunder and he believes the club’s change of fortunes on the pitch have proved the critics wrong.
“Obviously it would be a huge thing for me if we reached the play-offs,” he added.
“Last year was a tough year for the club, things weren’t going right on the field but this season I think we have proved a few of the doubters wrong.
“We’ve come a long way since the start of the year and we’ve done pretty well. We have all put in the effort this year and hopefully we can get the win against Hull KR over the weekend and progress through to the finals.
“It is important that we get a good crowd this Saturday .The more people you get the greater the occasion is. It obviously gives the guys a huge boost. It’s great when we get a good crowd, especially because this is such a huge fixture
“We have had some terrific crowds in Wrexham this year so it would be great to get the place going on Saturday for our last home game of the season.
“Obviously we have to keep our part of the bargain and win but having a passionate home crowd at the Racecourse really does help.”