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New two-year Bradford Bulls deal ends Danny Addy uncertainty
The Bulls have completed their second home-grown re-signing this week, with Danny Addy penning a new two-year contract.
The Pontefract-born player was courting the interest of Wakefield after an outstanding start to the season filling in alongside Jarrod Sammut in the halves.
But after initially stalling on signing a new deal, Addy has finally agreed to stay with Bradford until the end of 2015.
The 22-year-old, who began his career at the Bulls by combining training with a job as a roofer in 2010, is now looking forward to further consolidating his place in the starting line-up next season.
“I’m really happy to sign a new deal because I enjoy it at this club and I’m now excited to play with another two years under my belt,” he said.
“It was always my first choice to stay here. I’ve been at this club for a long time, all the way from the academy to the first team, and I’ve always wanted to be here.
“It’s a bit of security for me having two years as well and that allows me to just build on my game because I don’t have that thought in my mind about whether or not I’ll be staying.
“I’ve played every game so far this year, which has been great for me. It’s really pleasing to get that game time under my belt and I’ve played a few different positions – but I’m not bothered about that. I’m just really happy to be in the team.
“But I’m definitely looking to cement my spot in a specific position. It gets weird having to switch from back-row one week to half-back the next and hopefully I can really stamp my foot down and play more back-row next season.”
Francis Cummins was relieved to finally get the deal completed, with Addy being an integral part of his plans this season and beyond.
“Danny’s been really good for us this year and I’m so glad he’s signed,” said the Bulls head coach.
“The deal took longer than expected with interest from elsewhere but it’s finally over the line. We offered him the contract very early on and other offers have obviously come in and he’s had to weigh them up and he’s only just signed now.
“He’s a home-grown player and that’s really important to me. The club have had a great record over the last few years bringing players through and Danny’s one of those.
“We haven’t got bundles of cash but we’ll invest in the game and we’ll invest in the city and that’s what they’re about.
“We know if we get hold of these players like Danny and James Donaldson (who re-signed earlier this week) as young men, they’ll go the extra yard for Bradford and that’s what it’s all about.”
Cummins also notices things in Addy’s game that are synonymous with one of his former Leeds team-mates.
He admitted: “Do I see any similarities with his development and Kevin Sinfield’s? Without doubt.
“We had a chat in pre-season about him playing more in the back-row but then with Luke (Gale) being injured at the start of the year, he’s ended up playing in the halves.
“I do see him as a running loose forward for us going forward but it’s good he’s had that experience in the halves because it adds another string to his bow.
“Danny’s definitely got his best years ahead of him. He’s gone toe-to-toe with some great half-backs this year and he’s got to learn from that. But he’s only going to get better, so it is really pleasing.”
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