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Bradford Bulls: Etihad experience will be ‘Magic’ says Manchester City fan Adam Henry

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: WITHIN REACH: Adam Henry has a dream ticket to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday WITHIN REACH: Adam Henry has a dream ticket to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday

Manchester City fan Adam Henry admits he cannot wait to run out at the home of the newly-crowned Premier League champions on Sunday.

The Bulls face Huddersfield at the Etihad Stadium aiming for only their second Magic Weekend win in eight years since the event was introduced in 2007.

Henry arrived in England during the off-season from Sydney Roosters and has played every game for Francis Cummins’ men so far this year.

“I knew about the Magic Weekend before I joined the Bulls but the boys soon told me more about it,” said the 23-year-old New Zealander.

“I follow Man City, not because they won the league but because Mario Balotelli used to play for them.

“He used to get up to some mischief when he was a City player and I always liked him.

“The boys back home always played FIFA and when we had competitions I chose Man City because of Balotelli.

“It will be fantastic to play at the Etihad Stadium for the Bulls on Sunday.

“My sister’s boyfriend (Eddy Purcell) played for Samoa in the World Cup last year and the squad went to watch a Man City game when they were over here.

“He told me it was amazing and I’ve seen the pictures, which looked unreal.

“I can’t wait for Sunday’s game and it will definitely be the highlight of my career.”

Henry has a fine pedigree, having played for the New Zealand Warriors and been part of their under-20s side which won the championship in 2011.

The former Junior Kiwi centre then made the switch to Sydney and played regularly for the Newton Jets in the New South Wales Cup before coming to the attention of the Bulls following a recommendation from ex-Bradford coach Brian Smith.

“Obviously I just wanted to get an opportunity first and foremost but I’ve been lucky enough to hold down my spot,” said Henry.

“I’ve been moved around a bit but as long as I’m in the 17, that’s all that really matters to me.

“I definitely know that I can perform a little bit better but, with the way things have been going lately, we don’t get too much ball in the backs.

“But I still know what I can do for this team, even though I haven’t really had many opportunities to show that. I can definitely say that it’s coming, though.”

Henry penned a two-year deal and is hoping to help the Bulls avoid relegation and fulfil his contract.

“I definitely want to stay in the UK and if for some reason we go down, then I’ll still only be 23,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot more to see over here, all over Europe, but the best scenario for me would be to help the Bulls stay up and stay here.

“I definitely think we can avoid relegation because teams have seen what we can do.

“I know that we have the squad to do it – it’s just whether we want to put our heart into it.”

Despite the upheaval behind the scenes at Odsal since Henry arrived during pre-season, he is loving life in West Yorkshire.

“I’ve settled very well and I get on really well with the all the boys here,” he said.

“I’m still lodging with Adrian Purtell in Leeds but now I’ve got my own wheels I’m looking for my own place.

“In my spare time I tend to play a bit of basketball and spend time with the Manuokafoa family.

“I’ve missed that family feeling being away from home but Nas, his wife and their son always invite me around to stay over. That’s been great for me.”

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8:00am Fri 16 May 14

Blotto says...

The Bulls will need someone to weave a rather large wand over them to get a result at the Magic Weekend going by previous results! Still one lives in hope! COYB!
The Bulls will need someone to weave a rather large wand over them to get a result at the Magic Weekend going by previous results! Still one lives in hope! COYB! Blotto
  • Score: 10

8:48am Fri 16 May 14

1964gc says...

Probably the highlight of his short stay at the bulls

How times have changed

Still- nobody moaned when we were winning everything,despite the financial damage it would create
Probably the highlight of his short stay at the bulls How times have changed Still- nobody moaned when we were winning everything,despite the financial damage it would create 1964gc
  • Score: -3

9:38am Fri 16 May 14

mumbyfan says...

Huddersfield scored 66 at Odsal, and now we play them on a hot dry day, wide open field etc

Lets hope its not a repeat….

Id even settle for another shocking last minute video ref decision, at least we would be close to a win!
Huddersfield scored 66 at Odsal, and now we play them on a hot dry day, wide open field etc Lets hope its not a repeat…. Id even settle for another shocking last minute video ref decision, at least we would be close to a win! mumbyfan
  • Score: 5

9:54am Fri 16 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

I fear this maybe the last nail in the season's coffin and if the rumours are true in Franny's as well.

Not sure who would want to take the job with the squad in this position and no sign of any player investment?
I fear this maybe the last nail in the season's coffin and if the rumours are true in Franny's as well. Not sure who would want to take the job with the squad in this position and no sign of any player investment? fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 3

10:27am Fri 16 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

This certainly will be a big game - however it shouldn't be if we'd picked up a win or two against the likes of Hull KR, Widnes, etc. I also feel that we may have a time beating Wakefield on the form they are in which would certainly be time for the fat lady to sing.

Anyway it's a two horse race at the end of the day and both teams start on 0-0 at the beginning of the game (even the RFL haven't been able start chage that - yes!) so let's cheer the boys on and hope that the new surroundings and cheering crowd can get them going. I think that most fans in the stadium (even Leeds fans) will be cheering us on as we are the underdogs in one of the biggest mismatches of the weekend.

As previously stated the Magic concept is nothing more than a money spinner for the RFL and nothing more.

I would be sad to see Cummins go as I do actually rate him as a coach and especially as a person. I think that having someone there to support him such as Jon Kear or Brian Noble would do wanders for the squad as a whole - especially if you consider that he has Lee St Hilaire as his sole support staff which probably says something about the state we are in IMHO.
This certainly will be a big game - however it shouldn't be if we'd picked up a win or two against the likes of Hull KR, Widnes, etc. I also feel that we may have a time beating Wakefield on the form they are in which would certainly be time for the fat lady to sing. Anyway it's a two horse race at the end of the day and both teams start on 0-0 at the beginning of the game (even the RFL haven't been able start chage that - yes!) so let's cheer the boys on and hope that the new surroundings and cheering crowd can get them going. I think that most fans in the stadium (even Leeds fans) will be cheering us on as we are the underdogs in one of the biggest mismatches of the weekend. As previously stated the Magic concept is nothing more than a money spinner for the RFL and nothing more. I would be sad to see Cummins go as I do actually rate him as a coach and especially as a person. I think that having someone there to support him such as Jon Kear or Brian Noble would do wanders for the squad as a whole - especially if you consider that he has Lee St Hilaire as his sole support staff which probably says something about the state we are in IMHO. Bullmaniac
  • Score: -3

1:53pm Fri 16 May 14

taurusthebull says...

http://www.theherald
.com.au/story/228759
4/tinklers-ownership
-of-knights-appears-
over-staff-players-u
npaid/?cs=306

As an avid NRL fan, as well as the bulls , just read this article and it proves its not only us, but even Billionaires can ***k-up.
http://www.theherald .com.au/story/228759 4/tinklers-ownership -of-knights-appears- over-staff-players-u npaid/?cs=306 As an avid NRL fan, as well as the bulls , just read this article and it proves its not only us, but even Billionaires can ***k-up. taurusthebull
  • Score: -1

2:25pm Fri 16 May 14

axelf1963 says...

I am going to change my prediction of Hudds by more than 28, Due to this lovely weather I will now be backing Hudds by 44+
Spangles my friend what is your score prediction ?
Anyone else care to put their knowledge to the test ?
I am going to change my prediction of Hudds by more than 28, Due to this lovely weather I will now be backing Hudds by 44+ Spangles my friend what is your score prediction ? Anyone else care to put their knowledge to the test ? axelf1963
  • Score: 1

10:36pm Fri 16 May 14

Rambo says...

“I follow Man City, not because they won the league but because Mario Balotelli used to play for them."

Glory supporter much?
“I follow Man City, not because they won the league but because Mario Balotelli used to play for them." Glory supporter much? Rambo
  • Score: 0

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