Bradford Bulls hooker Adam O'Brien ready to go from pupil to master

Adam O'Brien is ready to pass on tips and advice to Academy hooker Nathan Conroy

Adam O'Brien is ready to pass on tips and advice to Academy hooker Nathan Conroy

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ADAM O’Brien will only be too happy to pass on his experience to Bulls rookie Nathan Conroy next season.

O’Brien looks set to emerge as the club’s first-choice hooker after signing a two-year deal that will keep him at Odsal until the end of 2016.

Having served his apprenticeship under Heath L’Estrange and Matt Diskin, O’Brien is now primed for a more senior role.

Boyhood Bulls fan Conroy, a regular for the Under-19s, made his Super League debut last season and has made three appearances for Jimmy Lowes’ side this year.

“It’s going to be different for me now,” said 21-year-old O’Brien.

“I was the rookie with Heath and Disko in front of me but now I have Nathan under my wing.

“I’m still young but I’ll certainly do everything I can to help guide Nathan so he can progress as quickly as possible.

“He’s a real talent and it will be a pleasure to help him as much as I can because I’ve had that support myself.

“He will provide competition, though, and I know I’ll have to be at my best.

“If Nathan is impressing Jimmy more than me, he will get his shot.”

O’Brien has played 80 minutes in the last three matches as the Bull secured famous victories over Wigan and Leeds.

That has put them in buoyant mood ahead of Sunday’s visit of Hull.

O’Brien added: “We’ve had a bit of a spark with Jimmy coming in and to beat Wigan and Leeds was massive in setting us up for the rest of the year.

“We said in the huddle beforehand at Headingley that it was going to be the last derby for at least another year and we had to make the most of it.

“Leeds might say they had a few players out but at the end of the day we put a massive performance in and came away with the points.

“The squad is looking good with the signings we are making.

“I can’t wait to get pre-season done and get playing with them next year – hopefully we can get straight back up.”

Meanwhile, Bulls winger Elliot Kear enjoyed a successful run-out with London Welsh on Saturday and scored one of their ten tries in a 64-0 win at Henley.

The Cardiff-born winger was given permission by Bradford to play for Justin Burnell's side and could now earn a permanent deal with the newly-promoted Aviva Premiership outfit.

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7:56am Tue 12 Aug 14

flashdonut says...

Are we to assume Conroy is tied up then for next season at The Bulls? Hope so.
Are we to assume Conroy is tied up then for next season at The Bulls? Hope so. flashdonut
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