6:27am Thursday 10th July 2014
By Ross Heppenstall
A CHANGE of coach can often lead to a change in personnel on the field and Jimmy Lowes has quickly stamped his mark on the Bulls.
Some players have been left kicking their heels on the sidelines.
Others, however, have been afforded an opportunity to shine.
Take Adam Henry.
The New Zealander was recalled in Lowes' first game in charge at Warrington and handed a starting role in the centres.
He kept his place in the team for last weekend's close-fought defeat against Catalan and rewarded Lowes' faith in him with an exhilarating long-range try.
Henry says he is reaping the benefits of the attacking philosophy of his new coach.
"I've loved it ever since Jimmy came in," said 23-year-old Henry, a close-season recruit from Sydney Roosters.
"He has just told us to play and that's what I've wanted to do since I came here – use my footwork and do whatever I can.
"I'm loving it right now because Jimmy has put the onus on us to go and play our normal game and offload the ball.
"There is no real structure to it and it's just about getting to the middle of the field and playing.
"We have got players like Manase Manuokafoa who likes to offload and Matty Blythe who likes to run around. I think it suits us a bit more."
Henry was not supposed to be a first-team regular this year after Francis Cummins signed him during the off-season more as a squad player with potential to develop.
With the Bulls' squad being so thin this year though, he has played virtually every game and weighed in with a respectable tally of six tries.
Five of those have come in Super League, with the latest being a stunning long-range score against Catalan which saw him take a neat pass from debutant Danny Williams to sprint clear into the left corner.
"I was blowing a bit after that try and it took me about two sets to get my breath back!" said Henry.
"But it was good to get on the scoreboard and I think Danny Williams debuted really well on Sunday. He made some really strong carries and is a very good addition to the club.
"We have a lot of depth on the wings now, with Luke George, Elliot Kear and Jamie Foster all missing out at the moment. I think Danny did a good job and we combined well on that right edge.
"Everyone is putting a lot of hard work in at training now, especially with all the ideas Jimmy has brought in. The intensity has picked up."
Henry has a fine pedigree, having played for the New Zealand Warriors and been part of their under-20s side which won the championship in 2011.
The former Junior Kiwi centre then made the switch to Sydney and played regularly for the Newton Jets in the New South Wales Cup before coming to the attention of the Bulls following a recommendation from ex-Bradford coach Brian Smith.
Like a number of his team-mates, Henry is open to the prospect of staying at Odsal and helping the club to win promotion from the Championship next season. In fact, he is excited by the thought.
"I think most of us have grasped the reality that the Championship is just around the corner," said Henry.
"But if we go down then Jimmy wants us to come straight back up. That's definitely something that all the boys have a bit of a smile about.
"I want to stay here because I'm enjoying myself now. I am yet to have talks with Steve Ferres and Jimmy but I'm pretty comfortable here at the moment.
"Staying is definitely an option but it just depends who is here. If a few of the boys stay then it's always a good positive. That's a major factor."
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