Sam Wood aiming to secure his future at Bradford Bulls

Sam Wood aiming to secure his future at Bradford Bulls

Sam Wood made a try-scoring debut for Dewsbury on Sunday

Sam Wood has signed a dual registration deal with Dewsbury

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SAM Wood is hoping his stint at Dewsbury will soon be followed by Jimmy Lowes handing him an opportunity in the Bulls' first team.

The home-grown 20-year-old has endured a frustrating campaign as he is no longer eligible for the Under-19s and has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

He last featured for the Bulls in the Magic Weekend defeat to Huddersfield but made a try-scoring debut for Dewsbury on dual-registration during their 40-34 loss at Whitehaven on Sunday.

Wood, who can play as a winger or centre, said: "It was great to get a bit of game-time and I really enjoyed it.

"Jobe Murphy and Karl Pryce, who I played with at Bradford, are at Dewsbury and everyone has made me really welcome.

"I played Under-19s last season so this year was a bit of a shock to the system because I'd been used to playing week in and week out.

"I've played a few first-team games this season, which I was really happy about, but I need to be playing every week and going to Dewsbury is a great experience."

Wood will train with Glenn Morrison's Championship part-timers this week and play for them again at North Wales Crusaders on Sunday.

But he very much sees his long-term future at Bradford and is hoping to show Lowes he is worthy of a deal at Odsal next season.

"I'm hoping I get a shot and then I can prove to Jimmy what I'm capable of," said Wood.

"I want to be at Bradford – 100 per cent – because it's a club I'm passionate about and I want a starting spot there as soon as possible.

"No matter where we end up, whether it's in the Championship or Super League, I really do want to be a Bradford Bulls player."

Wood and his girlfriend Hannah have a young daughter, Alyssia, and he is keen to safeguard his family's future.

"It's not just a case of 'I'm going to sign that contract for myself' because I have to think about my girlfriend and my child as well," he explained.

"Security definitely has to be there – not just for me but for other players as well. I'm hoping it gets sorted soon because Bradford is a club I love and I want to stay here."

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8:53am Wed 16 Jul 14

Bull4eva says...

Not good enough in my opinion. Very weak and lacks maturity. Hopefully we lose him and on a side note, hopefully his sponsors go as well. Very cringe that Helen.
Not good enough in my opinion. Very weak and lacks maturity. Hopefully we lose him and on a side note, hopefully his sponsors go as well. Very cringe that Helen. Bull4eva
  • Score: -31

9:25am Wed 16 Jul 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Sam is one of the decent young players that we still have left; he gives 100% every time he plays and it is players like him that we will need to develop in the Championship next season.
Sam is one of the decent young players that we still have left; he gives 100% every time he plays and it is players like him that we will need to develop in the Championship next season. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 20

10:29am Wed 16 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

We need hardened players that will do the job now,
Not kids that might be good in a few years,
As harsh as it sounds its the only way will progress in the near future.
I thought we were going to hear on some signings this week according to Ferres?
Or do we have to wait while the inevitable happens....
We need hardened players that will do the job now, Not kids that might be good in a few years, As harsh as it sounds its the only way will progress in the near future. I thought we were going to hear on some signings this week according to Ferres? Or do we have to wait while the inevitable happens.... Bowlingboy
  • Score: -5

12:05pm Wed 16 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

He is a good prospect who is reaching maturity, those that say he isn't good enough haven't seen him play much, which is why we need to keep him as he is just out of the academy.
It certainly exposes the weakness in RL, when a player who has just reached 20 is effectively on the scrap heap, because he cannot be given experience in an open age contest for his chosen club. And may i remind you that a certain Jamie Peacock had not made the big time at 20?
He is a good prospect who is reaching maturity, those that say he isn't good enough haven't seen him play much, which is why we need to keep him as he is just out of the academy. It certainly exposes the weakness in RL, when a player who has just reached 20 is effectively on the scrap heap, because he cannot be given experience in an open age contest for his chosen club. And may i remind you that a certain Jamie Peacock had not made the big time at 20? raisemeup
  • Score: 8

12:27pm Wed 16 Jul 14

vbfg says...

Bowlingboy wrote:
We need hardened players that will do the job now,
Not kids that might be good in a few years,
As harsh as it sounds its the only way will progress in the near future.
I thought we were going to hear on some signings this week according to Ferres?
Or do we have to wait while the inevitable happens....
That right there is everything that's wrong with relegation as a concept in a sport with a small pool of available players. You stack up on old heads with experience to avoid the drop and then you do the same to try and get back up. And then when you do manage to get promotion you find you've no good young talent to get you up the table. The previous crop of old heads have retired, and so now you're casting about for retirees from other clubs to try and beat the drop again.
[quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: We need hardened players that will do the job now, Not kids that might be good in a few years, As harsh as it sounds its the only way will progress in the near future. I thought we were going to hear on some signings this week according to Ferres? Or do we have to wait while the inevitable happens....[/p][/quote]That right there is everything that's wrong with relegation as a concept in a sport with a small pool of available players. You stack up on old heads with experience to avoid the drop and then you do the same to try and get back up. And then when you do manage to get promotion you find you've no good young talent to get you up the table. The previous crop of old heads have retired, and so now you're casting about for retirees from other clubs to try and beat the drop again. vbfg
  • Score: 5

2:02pm Wed 16 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

vbfg wrote:
Bowlingboy wrote:
We need hardened players that will do the job now,
Not kids that might be good in a few years,
As harsh as it sounds its the only way will progress in the near future.
I thought we were going to hear on some signings this week according to Ferres?
Or do we have to wait while the inevitable happens....
That right there is everything that's wrong with relegation as a concept in a sport with a small pool of available players. You stack up on old heads with experience to avoid the drop and then you do the same to try and get back up. And then when you do manage to get promotion you find you've no good young talent to get you up the table. The previous crop of old heads have retired, and so now you're casting about for retirees from other clubs to try and beat the drop again.
Well said vbfg it sums up the situation brilliantly, a never ending spiral downwards.
[quote][p][bold]vbfg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: We need hardened players that will do the job now, Not kids that might be good in a few years, As harsh as it sounds its the only way will progress in the near future. I thought we were going to hear on some signings this week according to Ferres? Or do we have to wait while the inevitable happens....[/p][/quote]That right there is everything that's wrong with relegation as a concept in a sport with a small pool of available players. You stack up on old heads with experience to avoid the drop and then you do the same to try and get back up. And then when you do manage to get promotion you find you've no good young talent to get you up the table. The previous crop of old heads have retired, and so now you're casting about for retirees from other clubs to try and beat the drop again.[/p][/quote]Well said vbfg it sums up the situation brilliantly, a never ending spiral downwards. raisemeup
  • Score: 2

2:24pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

vbfg wrote:
Bowlingboy wrote:
We need hardened players that will do the job now,
Not kids that might be good in a few years,
As harsh as it sounds its the only way will progress in the near future.
I thought we were going to hear on some signings this week according to Ferres?
Or do we have to wait while the inevitable happens....
That right there is everything that's wrong with relegation as a concept in a sport with a small pool of available players. You stack up on old heads with experience to avoid the drop and then you do the same to try and get back up. And then when you do manage to get promotion you find you've no good young talent to get you up the table. The previous crop of old heads have retired, and so now you're casting about for retirees from other clubs to try and beat the drop again.
Coupled with the RFL messing about so much you don't know if you're going to have a proper academy(U21;s) competitions, or just an under 19's and a big gap between them and even the Championship, so players just drop out, play for the local amateur club, whilst holding down a career just to pay the bills.

Another example of the total incompetence of the RFL.

No surprise we are losing players to the NRL/RU and fans at all levels.
[quote][p][bold]vbfg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: We need hardened players that will do the job now, Not kids that might be good in a few years, As harsh as it sounds its the only way will progress in the near future. I thought we were going to hear on some signings this week according to Ferres? Or do we have to wait while the inevitable happens....[/p][/quote]That right there is everything that's wrong with relegation as a concept in a sport with a small pool of available players. You stack up on old heads with experience to avoid the drop and then you do the same to try and get back up. And then when you do manage to get promotion you find you've no good young talent to get you up the table. The previous crop of old heads have retired, and so now you're casting about for retirees from other clubs to try and beat the drop again.[/p][/quote]Coupled with the RFL messing about so much you don't know if you're going to have a proper academy(U21;s) competitions, or just an under 19's and a big gap between them and even the Championship, so players just drop out, play for the local amateur club, whilst holding down a career just to pay the bills. Another example of the total incompetence of the RFL. No surprise we are losing players to the NRL/RU and fans at all levels. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 4

5:19pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

So the answer is to fail?
if you field a team full of unproven talent you cant compete with seasoned teams and end up relegated from the championship,
You have to split the mix between young and proven talent perfectly as saints and wigan do,
Then you win there is no room for sentiment at all in Rugby League if you cant do your job then you shouldn't have it,
It goes from board level to playing staff,
Omar Khan,FC and McNamara are prime examples as are half of the senior team we have now.
Im not saying dont encourage youth, I am saying you cant rely on kids alone.
So the answer is to fail? if you field a team full of unproven talent you cant compete with seasoned teams and end up relegated from the championship, You have to split the mix between young and proven talent perfectly as saints and wigan do, Then you win there is no room for sentiment at all in Rugby League if you cant do your job then you shouldn't have it, It goes from board level to playing staff, Omar Khan,FC and McNamara are prime examples as are half of the senior team we have now. Im not saying dont encourage youth, I am saying you cant rely on kids alone. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Wed 16 Jul 14

vbfg says...

Bowlingboy wrote:
So the answer is to fail?
if you field a team full of unproven talent you cant compete with seasoned teams and end up relegated from the championship,
You have to split the mix between young and proven talent perfectly as saints and wigan do,
Then you win there is no room for sentiment at all in Rugby League if you cant do your job then you shouldn't have it,
It goes from board level to playing staff,
Omar Khan,FC and McNamara are prime examples as are half of the senior team we have now.
Im not saying dont encourage youth, I am saying you cant rely on kids alone.
No of course, you're completely right. I didn't mean my original response to sound like I was having a go at you and apologise if that's how it came across. It's just that this situation naturally encourages teams to rely on experience rather than promising youth, and that's a big part of how teams come to yo-yo between divisions.

Huddersfield were the prime examples of it until licensing gave them time to settle and build, and but for licensing Widnes would have been in a similar situation. What we actually got instead is two teams who could plan for the league they were in over several seasons rather than one short off season, and the end result is that they more than look like they belong.

Licensing was working! Maybe there was scope for more proactively evaluating which teams should be going up and which down, but the basic system was giving good results. And we've thrown it away on a whim.
[quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: So the answer is to fail? if you field a team full of unproven talent you cant compete with seasoned teams and end up relegated from the championship, You have to split the mix between young and proven talent perfectly as saints and wigan do, Then you win there is no room for sentiment at all in Rugby League if you cant do your job then you shouldn't have it, It goes from board level to playing staff, Omar Khan,FC and McNamara are prime examples as are half of the senior team we have now. Im not saying dont encourage youth, I am saying you cant rely on kids alone.[/p][/quote]No of course, you're completely right. I didn't mean my original response to sound like I was having a go at you and apologise if that's how it came across. It's just that this situation naturally encourages teams to rely on experience rather than promising youth, and that's a big part of how teams come to yo-yo between divisions. Huddersfield were the prime examples of it until licensing gave them time to settle and build, and but for licensing Widnes would have been in a similar situation. What we actually got instead is two teams who could plan for the league they were in over several seasons rather than one short off season, and the end result is that they more than look like they belong. Licensing was working! Maybe there was scope for more proactively evaluating which teams should be going up and which down, but the basic system was giving good results. And we've thrown it away on a whim. vbfg
  • Score: 6

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