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."