Bradford Bulls utility man Danny Addy wants to hang loose

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MR VERSATILE: Danny Addy can play a number of positions but, after finishing in the World Cup team of the tournament while playing for Scotland, he wants to establish himself at loose forward MR VERSATILE: Danny Addy can play a number of positions but, after finishing in the World Cup team of the tournament while playing for Scotland, he wants to establish himself at loose forward

During a season in which he was an ever-present for the Bulls and proved a revelation during Scotland’s World Cup campaign, Danny Addy emerged as arguably the most versatile player in Super League.

The Bulls star performed admirably in the halves to begin with and was deployed in the second row and at loose forward as the year wore on.

During the World Cup, he began in the second row but also played in the centres and at hooker.

It underlined his ability to adapt his game and willingness to slot in wherever Francis Cummins or Steve McCormack asked him to play.

Now, though, the 22-year-old from Pontefract, whose reputation soared after helping the Bravehearts to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, is ready to settle on one position.

“Any starting spot would be good but Franny and I both see me as a loose forward,” said Addy.

“We’ve spoken about it a little bit and I might not start there but that’s my aim this year – to get the starting loose forward spot.

“I’d like to try and cement a position this year rather than playing six positions during the season.

“Loose forward is my preferred spot because I like to defend through the middle and I can mix it up with my passing and carrying as well.

“I can play anywhere really but I’ve said it a couple of times now, I’d like to try and nail down a position if I can.”

Addy’s imposing physique, coupled with his fine ball-handling skills and astute kicking game, allows him to play in different positions in the backs and the forwards.

His ability and hard-working attitude prompted head coach Cummins to offer him a new deal that will keep him at Bradford for the next two seasons.

It also led to Scotland coach McCormack handing him a surprise call-up into his World Cup squad, with a helping hand from Dale Ferguson.

New recruit Ferguson impressed for the Bravehearts but Addy in particular stood out, playing every game as Scotland beat Tonga and the USA and drew with Italy to book a quarter-final with New Zealand.

Addy said: “It was a great experience to play in my first World Cup.

“I met some great lads and really enjoyed it, especially playing against some of the best players in the world in the quarter-final against New Zealand.

“People were watching the games all over the world, so hopefully I got my name out there and showed what I could do.

“There are some great characters in the squad and we did really well to get to the quarters.

“We were written off before the tournament so to get out of the group stages was awesome.

“There was a great atmosphere in camp and the boys gelled very quickly. We were buzzing throughout the tournament.”

Scotland were well beaten by Sonny Bill Williams and Co at Headingley but McCormack and his players emerged with their reputations enhanced.

Addy was even named in the Opta World Cup team of the tournament.

Opta provided official statistics for the tournament, with every player given a mark based on their overall performance, including tackles made, metres made and try assists.

And when the points were added up, Addy was named in a team including Greg Inglis, Sonny Bill Williams, Copper Cronk, Cameron Smith and former Bulls star Sam Burgess.

Addy continued: “It was possibly always going to be a bridge too far to beat New Zealand but we obviously went into the game believing in ourselves.

“We thought it they were below par and we played well then we could maybe do them.

“We knew if we played well that we could definitely get to the quarter-finals and then take things from there.

“The game itself was awesome but to watch the Kiwis perform the Haka was pretty special.

“Like I say, we were up against some of the world’s best players such as Sonny Bill.

“You can just tell he’s world-class and he’s definitely a game-changer.

“You know that any point he can do something freaky and win the game but from a personal point of view it was a fantastic experience for me. Hopefully I can take that into the new season with Bradford now.”

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8:32am Thu 19 Dec 13

AdeyG'man says...

If he carries his form into 2014 and we keep him, we have the next Kevin Sinfield/Paul Sculthorpe in our midst
If he carries his form into 2014 and we keep him, we have the next Kevin Sinfield/Paul Sculthorpe in our midst AdeyG'man

9:22am Thu 19 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

AdeyG'man wrote:
If he carries his form into 2014 and we keep him, we have the next Kevin Sinfield/Paul Sculthorpe in our midst
I think I personally would agree with that, I was looking for superlatives to describe his growth as a Player with the Bulls, You have hit the nail on the head.
[quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: If he carries his form into 2014 and we keep him, we have the next Kevin Sinfield/Paul Sculthorpe in our midst[/p][/quote]I think I personally would agree with that, I was looking for superlatives to describe his growth as a Player with the Bulls, You have hit the nail on the head. raisemeup

11:21am Thu 19 Dec 13

Lythambull says...

raisemeup wrote:
AdeyG'man wrote: If he carries his form into 2014 and we keep him, we have the next Kevin Sinfield/Paul Sculthorpe in our midst
I think I personally would agree with that, I was looking for superlatives to describe his growth as a Player with the Bulls, You have hit the nail on the head.
Couldn't agree more. I like this kid. A lot. He can pass, he can kick, and he puts a shift . as long as he improves on his missed tackles (check the stats!) he could be our 13 for a long time. Not sure where this leaves Donno who is def a better proposition defensively, maybe a second row partnership with Ferguson? Mind you it's nice to have a selection headache in the second row!
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: If he carries his form into 2014 and we keep him, we have the next Kevin Sinfield/Paul Sculthorpe in our midst[/p][/quote]I think I personally would agree with that, I was looking for superlatives to describe his growth as a Player with the Bulls, You have hit the nail on the head.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I like this kid. A lot. He can pass, he can kick, and he puts a shift . as long as he improves on his missed tackles (check the stats!) he could be our 13 for a long time. Not sure where this leaves Donno who is def a better proposition defensively, maybe a second row partnership with Ferguson? Mind you it's nice to have a selection headache in the second row! Lythambull

11:59am Thu 19 Dec 13

Sheffieldbull says...

If we can 'steady the ship' and can hold on to all our new signings I believe we would have a squad to trouble many a team and I think that Ferguson could be a real star buy. His world cup performances with Danny followed on from a very strong domestic season display..... fingers, arms and everything crossed that we can start and finish 2014 with the squad that FC has assembled.
If we can 'steady the ship' and can hold on to all our new signings I believe we would have a squad to trouble many a team and I think that Ferguson could be a real star buy. His world cup performances with Danny followed on from a very strong domestic season display..... fingers, arms and everything crossed that we can start and finish 2014 with the squad that FC has assembled. Sheffieldbull

3:29pm Thu 19 Dec 13

davidworthmore says...

always knew Danny had what it takes, he can certainly lead us down the middle, tackle well. Who knows after the first match we'll be saying
Jamie who?
always knew Danny had what it takes, he can certainly lead us down the middle, tackle well. Who knows after the first match we'll be saying Jamie who? davidworthmore

9:51pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

What do people think our best fully fit starting line up is? What about
Kearney, Kear, Henry, Blyth, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton ,Diskin, Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein, Addy. Subs Sammut, Manuokafo, Sibbett, Donaldson.
This leaves Purtell, Walker, Olbison, O'Brien, George and the youngsters on the sidelines. Its a pretty good squad even if lose a couple of players and get the injuries. We have Foster, Gale, Sammut, Gaskell and Addy who can all kick goasl. Walker, Purtell and Blyth can all play in the forward or the backs. Addey, Gaskell, Sammut, Gale or Kearney can cover the halfs and for the 1st time in a long time we have four BIG props. At hooker we have Diskin, O'Brien, Addy or Sammut. It looks like the best balanced squad for many years. Hopefully we can keep most of it together and get enough fans to back them
What do people think our best fully fit starting line up is? What about Kearney, Kear, Henry, Blyth, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton ,Diskin, Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein, Addy. Subs Sammut, Manuokafo, Sibbett, Donaldson. This leaves Purtell, Walker, Olbison, O'Brien, George and the youngsters on the sidelines. Its a pretty good squad even if lose a couple of players and get the injuries. We have Foster, Gale, Sammut, Gaskell and Addy who can all kick goasl. Walker, Purtell and Blyth can all play in the forward or the backs. Addey, Gaskell, Sammut, Gale or Kearney can cover the halfs and for the 1st time in a long time we have four BIG props. At hooker we have Diskin, O'Brien, Addy or Sammut. It looks like the best balanced squad for many years. Hopefully we can keep most of it together and get enough fans to back them bradfordbronco

11:32pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Lythambull says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
What do people think our best fully fit starting line up is? What about
Kearney, Kear, Henry, Blyth, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton ,Diskin, Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein, Addy. Subs Sammut, Manuokafo, Sibbett, Donaldson.
This leaves Purtell, Walker, Olbison, O'Brien, George and the youngsters on the sidelines. Its a pretty good squad even if lose a couple of players and get the injuries. We have Foster, Gale, Sammut, Gaskell and Addy who can all kick goasl. Walker, Purtell and Blyth can all play in the forward or the backs. Addey, Gaskell, Sammut, Gale or Kearney can cover the halfs and for the 1st time in a long time we have four BIG props. At hooker we have Diskin, O'Brien, Addy or Sammut. It looks like the best balanced squad for many years. Hopefully we can keep most of it together and get enough fans to back them
God I hope you mean sidlow and not sibbet!! That would have been a blast from the recent past!!!!
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: What do people think our best fully fit starting line up is? What about Kearney, Kear, Henry, Blyth, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton ,Diskin, Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein, Addy. Subs Sammut, Manuokafo, Sibbett, Donaldson. This leaves Purtell, Walker, Olbison, O'Brien, George and the youngsters on the sidelines. Its a pretty good squad even if lose a couple of players and get the injuries. We have Foster, Gale, Sammut, Gaskell and Addy who can all kick goasl. Walker, Purtell and Blyth can all play in the forward or the backs. Addey, Gaskell, Sammut, Gale or Kearney can cover the halfs and for the 1st time in a long time we have four BIG props. At hooker we have Diskin, O'Brien, Addy or Sammut. It looks like the best balanced squad for many years. Hopefully we can keep most of it together and get enough fans to back them[/p][/quote]God I hope you mean sidlow and not sibbet!! That would have been a blast from the recent past!!!! Lythambull

11:34pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Lythambull says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
What do people think our best fully fit starting line up is? What about
Kearney, Kear, Henry, Blyth, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton ,Diskin, Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein, Addy. Subs Sammut, Manuokafo, Sibbett, Donaldson.
This leaves Purtell, Walker, Olbison, O'Brien, George and the youngsters on the sidelines. Its a pretty good squad even if lose a couple of players and get the injuries. We have Foster, Gale, Sammut, Gaskell and Addy who can all kick goasl. Walker, Purtell and Blyth can all play in the forward or the backs. Addey, Gaskell, Sammut, Gale or Kearney can cover the halfs and for the 1st time in a long time we have four BIG props. At hooker we have Diskin, O'Brien, Addy or Sammut. It looks like the best balanced squad for many years. Hopefully we can keep most of it together and get enough fans to back them
This is pretty much the team if pick. Is have George instead of Foster though
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: What do people think our best fully fit starting line up is? What about Kearney, Kear, Henry, Blyth, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton ,Diskin, Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein, Addy. Subs Sammut, Manuokafo, Sibbett, Donaldson. This leaves Purtell, Walker, Olbison, O'Brien, George and the youngsters on the sidelines. Its a pretty good squad even if lose a couple of players and get the injuries. We have Foster, Gale, Sammut, Gaskell and Addy who can all kick goasl. Walker, Purtell and Blyth can all play in the forward or the backs. Addey, Gaskell, Sammut, Gale or Kearney can cover the halfs and for the 1st time in a long time we have four BIG props. At hooker we have Diskin, O'Brien, Addy or Sammut. It looks like the best balanced squad for many years. Hopefully we can keep most of it together and get enough fans to back them[/p][/quote]This is pretty much the team if pick. Is have George instead of Foster though Lythambull

7:39am Fri 20 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

Lythambull wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote:
What do people think our best fully fit starting line up is? What about
Kearney, Kear, Henry, Blyth, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton ,Diskin, Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein, Addy. Subs Sammut, Manuokafo, Sibbett, Donaldson.
This leaves Purtell, Walker, Olbison, O'Brien, George and the youngsters on the sidelines. Its a pretty good squad even if lose a couple of players and get the injuries. We have Foster, Gale, Sammut, Gaskell and Addy who can all kick goasl. Walker, Purtell and Blyth can all play in the forward or the backs. Addey, Gaskell, Sammut, Gale or Kearney can cover the halfs and for the 1st time in a long time we have four BIG props. At hooker we have Diskin, O'Brien, Addy or Sammut. It looks like the best balanced squad for many years. Hopefully we can keep most of it together and get enough fans to back them
God I hope you mean sidlow and not sibbet!! That would have been a blast from the recent past!!!!
Yeah your're right mate. For some reason i always get them mixed them up, spent most of last season calling him Sibbett!
[quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: What do people think our best fully fit starting line up is? What about Kearney, Kear, Henry, Blyth, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton ,Diskin, Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein, Addy. Subs Sammut, Manuokafo, Sibbett, Donaldson. This leaves Purtell, Walker, Olbison, O'Brien, George and the youngsters on the sidelines. Its a pretty good squad even if lose a couple of players and get the injuries. We have Foster, Gale, Sammut, Gaskell and Addy who can all kick goasl. Walker, Purtell and Blyth can all play in the forward or the backs. Addey, Gaskell, Sammut, Gale or Kearney can cover the halfs and for the 1st time in a long time we have four BIG props. At hooker we have Diskin, O'Brien, Addy or Sammut. It looks like the best balanced squad for many years. Hopefully we can keep most of it together and get enough fans to back them[/p][/quote]God I hope you mean sidlow and not sibbet!! That would have been a blast from the recent past!!!![/p][/quote]Yeah your're right mate. For some reason i always get them mixed them up, spent most of last season calling him Sibbett! bradfordbronco

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