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Bradford Bulls utility man Danny Addy wants to hang loose
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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