Versatility has worked in my favour, says Bradford Bulls utility man Addy (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Bulls: Danny Addy growing into half-back role as Luke Gale continues fight to regain full fitness
For a coach, a player as versatile as Danny Addy can be a Godsend, particularly with a squad as small as Bradford’s.
But for the player himself, with a desire to cement a regular spot in a certain position, such versatility can be a blessing and a curse.
When Addy signed a new one-year deal during the winter, he spoke of his intention to secure a place in the back row.
Since Michael Platt went down injured in the opening exchanges of the defeat at Hull FC in round two, a reshuffle in the team has seen Addy line up alongside Jarrod Sammut in the halves.
Their partnership began slowly but burst into life in spectacular fashion in the recent destruction of Huddersfield.
“I think I’ve done alright in the halves,” said Addy.
“I know that I’m not an out and out half-back but I just try and do a job when I get put there.
“I’ll play anywhere as long as I am part of this team.
“If that means me playing in the halves and trying to do a job there then I’ll do it. I’m not bothered what position that’s in.
“I think my versatility might actually have worked in my favour.
“I’m just looking to play well and get as many minutes and games as I can under my belt.”
Such willingness to accommodate the needs of his team is to be applauded.
The homegrown 22-year-old was deployed in the halves, at hooker and in the back row without ever being in a regular position last season.
He accepts that Luke Gale, firmly established as the Bulls’ creative fulcrum, will return from injury in the coming weeks to reclaim a place in the side.
Addy reasoned: “Galey is obviously a class player and it will be good to get him back but while he is out I’m happy to do a job there.
“Playing alongside Jarrod has been good. I’ve been playing stand-off but more of a running half.
“We’re trying to get a little partnership going while I’m in the side. I’m just enjoying being a part of this team we are building.”
The Bulls look to set to be decimated by injury for tomorrow’s visit of Hull KR as they look to put last week’s second-half performance at Widnes behind them.
Francis Cummins’ men led 20-4 at the break but squandered the lead to draw 22-22 against Widnes’ 12 men.
Addy recently began wearing glasses and has his sights firmly fixed on victory over the Robins tomorrow.
The Pontefract lad, who is waiting on contact lenses that he will wear during games, added: “If we can get off to another good start and learn how to kill games off then we can show what we’re capable of.
“Hull KR have some quality players, such as Michael Dobson, but it’s about what we do. Dobbo is a really good kicker and we just have to pressure him as much as we can and try and close him down.”
John Bateman is poised to make his first Super League appearance since last August and Adrian Purtell could also feature off the bench.
Addy said: “It’s fantastic news about Purts and, while John is only young, he’s a brilliant player.
“He’ll just add some size and skill to the back row.”