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Williams: I want permanent switch to Bradford Bulls
DANNY Williams is convinced the Bulls will bounce straight back into Super League if they are relegated – and he wants to help them achieve it.
The Salford Red Devils winger has joined Jimmy Lowes’ men on a one-month loan deal and will make his debut in tomorrow’s home clash with Catalan Dragons.
Williams, who progressed through the ranks at Leeds Rhinos, says he already feels at home at Odsal and is keen to become a fully-fledged Bradford player.
The boyhood Rhinos fan, who lives in Meanwood in Leeds, knows how he performs in the next four weeks will effectively dictate his future.
Williams said: “Hopefully I can come here and play well, and if Jimmy likes me then I can stay here long-term.
“I’ve only been here for a couple of days but you can see it’s a great club with a great set of boys. It would be good to be a part of it on a permanent basis but we’ll just have to see how it goes.
“Bradford are a big club and a big name in the game. Even if they go down, they’re going to bounce straight back up because of the stature of the club. I would be prepared to stick with them no matter what.”
The arrival of Williams raised eyebrows this week, as Lowes has three wingers at his disposal already in Elliot Kear, Luke George and Jamie Foster.
Williams acknowledged that has increased the pressure on him to perform.
“There are some very good wingers here at the moment,” said the 27-year-old.
“Jimmy has put a lot of faith in me to get me in with all the talent they already have in the backs. I appreciate that and have obviously got to reward that faith.
“I like to think that if any opportunity comes for me to finish then I will do exactly that.
“I don’t mind getting involved in the tough carries at the back either.”
Williams, who can play on the right and left flank, has scored three tries in nine appearances for Salford this season.
After beginning his career with Leeds, he has had stints with Castleford, Hull FC, Hull KR and in rugby union with Newcastle Falcons.
Moving to Bradford has seen him become reunited with some familiar faces and close friends.
Williams explained: “I have grown up with Chev (Walker) and I knew Disko (Matt Diskin) through being at Leeds as well as Luke Gale.
"I came through the Academy with Galey and I’m just a year older. He was a special player so he played in the older age group.
“I was on scholarship at first and then I did an apprenticeship.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Leeds and to sign first-team there was pretty special.
“Playing in the Leeds-Bradford derbies was fantastic and that’s why I have so much respect for the Bulls as a club.
“I didn’t play in any Grand Finals for Leeds but I played the 2006 season when Tony Smith gave me my first shot. I think I played about 15 games that year.
“The other seasons I played about ten games but I went out on loan quite a lot as well.
“Playing rugby union was a great experience for me. I had three years up there with Alan Tait, and I’m glad I did it.”
With his time at Salford seemingly up, Williams cannot wait to pull on a red, amber and black jersey tomorrow.
He added: “This season at Salford has been a bit frustrating.
“I’ve played about nine or ten games but the personnel there is changing and players are coming and going all the time.
“They are signing a lot of players so game-time was looking pretty scarce and I’m delighted to be at Bradford.
“Some of the hardships they have gone through in the past few years, they are still close as a team – it has brought them closer together.
“The boys have made me feel really welcome and I’m thankful for that as well.”