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Sam Wood aiming to secure his future at Bradford Bulls
SAM Wood is hoping his stint at Dewsbury will soon be followed by Jimmy Lowes handing him an opportunity in the Bulls' first team.
The home-grown 20-year-old has endured a frustrating campaign as he is no longer eligible for the Under-19s and has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.
He last featured for the Bulls in the Magic Weekend defeat to Huddersfield but made a try-scoring debut for Dewsbury on dual-registration during their 40-34 loss at Whitehaven on Sunday.
Wood, who can play as a winger or centre, said: "It was great to get a bit of game-time and I really enjoyed it.
"Jobe Murphy and Karl Pryce, who I played with at Bradford, are at Dewsbury and everyone has made me really welcome.
"I played Under-19s last season so this year was a bit of a shock to the system because I'd been used to playing week in and week out.
"I've played a few first-team games this season, which I was really happy about, but I need to be playing every week and going to Dewsbury is a great experience."
Wood will train with Glenn Morrison's Championship part-timers this week and play for them again at North Wales Crusaders on Sunday.
But he very much sees his long-term future at Bradford and is hoping to show Lowes he is worthy of a deal at Odsal next season.
"I'm hoping I get a shot and then I can prove to Jimmy what I'm capable of," said Wood.
"I want to be at Bradford – 100 per cent – because it's a club I'm passionate about and I want a starting spot there as soon as possible.
"No matter where we end up, whether it's in the Championship or Super League, I really do want to be a Bradford Bulls player."
Wood and his girlfriend Hannah have a young daughter, Alyssia, and he is keen to safeguard his family's future.
"It's not just a case of 'I'm going to sign that contract for myself' because I have to think about my girlfriend and my child as well," he explained.
"Security definitely has to be there – not just for me but for other players as well. I'm hoping it gets sorted soon because Bradford is a club I love and I want to stay here."