Plumber Sam Bates wants to ply his trade with Bradford Bulls

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sam Bates is hoping to earn a full-time contract with Bulls Sam Bates is hoping to earn a full-time contract with Bulls

Part-time plumber and former Leeds United prospect Sam Bates admits he would love to become a full-time professional at the Bulls.

The 18-year-old from Halifax, who was on the books at Elland Road as a junior before switching to rugby league, made his first-team debut during the Easter Monday defeat at Wigan.

The rookie prop only trains with Francis Cummins’ squad on a part-time basis as he is studying at Calderdale College to become a trainee plumber.

But his dream lies in making the grade at Super League and he is hoping to make the step up from an Academy starlet to fully-fledged first-teamer.

Bates, whose performance off the bench at Wigan earned him praise from Cummins, said: “If I hadn’t stood up to the challenge on Monday then there was no chance of me playing again.

“It was my only chance because I’m not even a full-time player, so I needed to get that recognition first.

“At the moment I’m a trainee plumber at college on a part-time basis and then go into the Bulls to train two or three times a week.

“I’ve never really had a full day’s training with the first-team, only the team run, as I’m a regular for the Under-19s.

“But I’d love to go full-time with the Bulls and I hope they make their decision pretty quickly to be honest.

“I’m in the last year of my part-time contract but the money is next to nothing and I want to be full-time as soon as possible.

“I would have to give up my national diploma in plumbing but I would end up doing it one night a week to finish it off.”

The former Siddal amateur is now in his third season at the Bulls having joined them from Huddersfield Giants.

He stands around 5ft 10in and weighs around 92kg but held his own against the champions.

Bates, who joined Cummins’ first-team squad for a team-building exercise at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield on Wednesday, is a relatively late developer in rugby league.

He explained: “I played football for Leeds United for about three years when I was younger and then got a bad knee injury.

“But in my first game of rugby league for my school I got scouted by my service area, so I got thrown into it really.

“Things went from there and I’ve only been playing for about four years. I went to the Giants and then got offered the opportunity to come to Bradford.

“I came here as I was impressed with the facilities and would now love to be a full-time professional.

“I’ve seen friends of mine such as Sam Wood, Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy and Oliver Roberts all come through the Academy to go full-time with the first-team. I hope I can follow them now.”

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7:23am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

If he is a plumber will he turn up in time for kick off ?
If he is a plumber will he turn up in time for kick off ? axelf1963
  • Score: 1

7:28am Fri 25 Apr 14

Paul from Idle says...

Great story!!!
Great story!!! Paul from Idle
  • Score: 3

7:52am Fri 25 Apr 14

otleybull says...

Hopefully he'll help fix our leaky defence!
Hopefully he'll help fix our leaky defence! otleybull
  • Score: 15

7:54am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Will have to get rid of some of the drips in the defence first.
Will have to get rid of some of the drips in the defence first. axelf1963
  • Score: -1

7:55am Fri 25 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

The marque signing keep on coming.

In other news what about OK's promised statement?
The marque signing keep on coming. In other news what about OK's promised statement? Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 4

8:00am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Ok 's statement said I am the Viking TVOR, Just when you thought non paying Spangles could not get any worse.
#wotano b
Ok 's statement said I am the Viking TVOR, Just when you thought non paying Spangles could not get any worse. #wotano b axelf1963
  • Score: -2

8:28am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Its time green took the plunge, He may not be flush with money and it must be a wrench to part with it and it could feel like a drain but to get a flood of fans back that's what's needed.
Its time green took the plunge, He may not be flush with money and it must be a wrench to part with it and it could feel like a drain but to get a flood of fans back that's what's needed. axelf1963
  • Score: 3

8:33am Fri 25 Apr 14

1964gc says...

Mmm the warm up for the headline

Bulls pull off another major coup by getting rising star(cheap) on pro contract
Mmm the warm up for the headline Bulls pull off another major coup by getting rising star(cheap) on pro contract 1964gc
  • Score: -7

9:01am Fri 25 Apr 14

nosher says...

Axelf is being very amusing this morning. I hope the lad has a contract in the pipe line. We need somebody that is a radiator, we have enough drains. Unfortunately it could be a toss up for master bates.
Axelf is being very amusing this morning. I hope the lad has a contract in the pipe line. We need somebody that is a radiator, we have enough drains. Unfortunately it could be a toss up for master bates. nosher
  • Score: 2

9:10am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Pipe down nosher don't drag this into the gutter
Pipe down nosher don't drag this into the gutter axelf1963
  • Score: 3

9:37am Fri 25 Apr 14

nosher says...

We might have to copper up for his contract. Lets up he doesn't get lead on by other clubs which has happened in the past.
We might have to copper up for his contract. Lets up he doesn't get lead on by other clubs which has happened in the past. nosher
  • Score: -1

9:49am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

I hear this lads just finished with his girlfriend he told her "It's over flo "
I hear this lads just finished with his girlfriend he told her "It's over flo " axelf1963
  • Score: 4

9:54am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Some good news for the Bulls is 2 new signings who are super, They are the Mario brothers so with this in flux of players more showers may need to be fitted.
Water way to make a living
Some good news for the Bulls is 2 new signings who are super, They are the Mario brothers so with this in flux of players more showers may need to be fitted. Water way to make a living axelf1963
  • Score: -1

9:55am Fri 25 Apr 14

Bowlingboy says...

wow....
Are they actually trying to buy anyone or just hanging on till relegation?
Kyle Briggs was a good laker probably better than Gale tbh.
Try bring him back
wow.... Are they actually trying to buy anyone or just hanging on till relegation? Kyle Briggs was a good laker probably better than Gale tbh. Try bring him back Bowlingboy
  • Score: 2

9:56am Fri 25 Apr 14

bullybullman says...

Good on you kid it wont be as tough next year in the championship,. Good to see we still have some good youth prospects. Talking of drips Omar has gone very quiet.
Good on you kid it wont be as tough next year in the championship,. Good to see we still have some good youth prospects. Talking of drips Omar has gone very quiet. bullybullman
  • Score: 4

9:58am Fri 25 Apr 14

haterugbysometimes says...

you and a few other semi professionals mate, no disrespect but we need players will experience and a willingness and fitness to last 80 minutes although as I have said previously the state of the bulls at the minute you would probably field a better team with you and other semi professionals from local clubs, you obviously have ambition and I wish you every success
you and a few other semi professionals mate, no disrespect but we need players will experience and a willingness and fitness to last 80 minutes although as I have said previously the state of the bulls at the minute you would probably field a better team with you and other semi professionals from local clubs, you obviously have ambition and I wish you every success haterugbysometimes
  • Score: 4

10:07am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Lets hope that he gets a contract and with his foot on the gas he and the team will solder on to the end of season.
Lets hope that he gets a contract and with his foot on the gas he and the team will solder on to the end of season. axelf1963
  • Score: 4

10:08am Fri 25 Apr 14

blue marlin says...

should he not be a joiner if he wants to ply his trade?
should he not be a joiner if he wants to ply his trade? blue marlin
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10:12am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Get your coat
Get your coat axelf1963
  • Score: 3

10:17am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Lets hope the lad does well at fitting into the team and helps socket to the opposition, He could then elbow his plumbing
Lets hope the lad does well at fitting into the team and helps socket to the opposition, He could then elbow his plumbing axelf1963
  • Score: 3

10:19am Fri 25 Apr 14

nosher says...

axelf1963 wrote:
I hear this lads just finished with his girlfriend he told her "It's over flo "
Boom boom Tommy cooper could have written some of this stuff.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: I hear this lads just finished with his girlfriend he told her "It's over flo "[/p][/quote]Boom boom Tommy cooper could have written some of this stuff. nosher
  • Score: 0

10:24am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

I feel in a good mood today Nosher its Job Seekers Allowance day so Wetherspoons is calling,
I even feel like burying the hatchet with Spangles as all this anomosity should be water under the fridge
I feel in a good mood today Nosher its Job Seekers Allowance day so Wetherspoons is calling, I even feel like burying the hatchet with Spangles as all this anomosity should be water under the fridge axelf1963
  • Score: 2

10:27am Fri 25 Apr 14

nosher says...

axelf1963 wrote:
I hear this lads just finished with his girlfriend he told her "It's over flo "
I know flo. She is an old boiler. He needs a newer model.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: I hear this lads just finished with his girlfriend he told her "It's over flo "[/p][/quote]I know flo. She is an old boiler. He needs a newer model. nosher
  • Score: 0

10:32am Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

WOAH stop coc k , Its Ok getting an upgrade as long as it does not plunge the club into more deep water Nosher, Give yourself a tap on the head and see sense.
WOAH stop coc k , Its Ok getting an upgrade as long as it does not plunge the club into more deep water Nosher, Give yourself a tap on the head and see sense. axelf1963
  • Score: 3

10:39am Fri 25 Apr 14

nosher says...

He had to scrap the old boiler it wouldn't stop leaking. Something to do with a dripping flange ?
He had to scrap the old boiler it wouldn't stop leaking. Something to do with a dripping flange ? nosher
  • Score: -1

10:52am Fri 25 Apr 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Steady on Axel,at this rate you will end up with water on your brain.At least its curable with a tap on the head.
Steady on Axel,at this rate you will end up with water on your brain.At least its curable with a tap on the head. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -2

11:08am Fri 25 Apr 14

bully4us says...

They clearly think the club is going down the pan if they are needing to bring a plumber in.
They clearly think the club is going down the pan if they are needing to bring a plumber in. bully4us
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

raisemeup says...

Thank god it's back to school next week, the local childrens out of school club will be bereft of the posters on here.

Good on you Sam, you have the right attitude
It proves the problems we have by not having a reserve grade at open age though doesn't it.? The gap from part time at under 19s is far too great to bring experienced players back to the first team, if a club have a few injured first teamers?
Thank god it's back to school next week, the local childrens out of school club will be bereft of the posters on here. Good on you Sam, you have the right attitude It proves the problems we have by not having a reserve grade at open age though doesn't it.? The gap from part time at under 19s is far too great to bring experienced players back to the first team, if a club have a few injured first teamers? raisemeup
  • Score: 0

4:34pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nosher says...

raisemeup wrote:
Thank god it's back to school next week, the local childrens out of school club will be bereft of the posters on here.

Good on you Sam, you have the right attitude
It proves the problems we have by not having a reserve grade at open age though doesn't it.? The gap from part time at under 19s is far too great to bring experienced players back to the first team, if a club have a few injured first teamers?
Get a grip. Its good harmless FUN.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: Thank god it's back to school next week, the local childrens out of school club will be bereft of the posters on here. Good on you Sam, you have the right attitude It proves the problems we have by not having a reserve grade at open age though doesn't it.? The gap from part time at under 19s is far too great to bring experienced players back to the first team, if a club have a few injured first teamers?[/p][/quote]Get a grip. Its good harmless FUN. nosher
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Fri 25 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

His wife won't let him have fun nosher, he is one hen pecked boy
His wife won't let him have fun nosher, he is one hen pecked boy axelf1963
  • Score: 0

5:01pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nosher says...

Even axelf and spangles got on. The plumber gags have relieved a bit of pressure and it is good to see less heated exchanges.
Even axelf and spangles got on. The plumber gags have relieved a bit of pressure and it is good to see less heated exchanges. nosher
  • Score: 1

8:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Pablo says...

You've plumbed the depths with these comments. Something's (h)eating way at me. We're not overflowing with points and you guys are taking the urinal.

For flux sake, please stop, ****

Have you seen the new lady in the ticket orifice? Sue, er age aint half showing!
You've plumbed the depths with these comments. Something's (h)eating way at me. We're not overflowing with points and you guys are taking the urinal. For flux sake, please stop, **** Have you seen the new lady in the ticket orifice? Sue, er age aint half showing! Pablo
  • Score: 0

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