Matty Blythe pens new Bradford Bulls deal and says: We can do something special

NEW DEAL: Matty Blythe is staying at Bulls

NEW DEAL: Matty Blythe is staying at Bulls

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MATTY Blythe is targeting an immediate return to Super League after snubbing interest from top-flight clubs to sign a new two-year deal with the Bulls.

The versatile centre, 25, has proved a success at Odsal since joining from Warrington, initially on loan, at the start of last season.

He becomes the latest player to stay loyal to Bradford in the wake of the club’s relegation and is confident Jimmy Lowes’ men can bounce straight back.

Blythe, who is believed to have attracted strong interest from Widnes in particular, said: “I had a few chats with Super League clubs but I wanted to stay at Bradford.

“I love it here, the club has been really good to me and the fans are incredible.

“Obviously there have been ups and downs off the field but I’ve enjoyed myself.

“Everything needed to be right for me personally and my family and I wanted a two-year deal because I want to be at the club and help them succeed.

“We’ve got Super League-standard players here who are going to be staying, plus we’ve signed some really good players and I’m sure there are a few more on the way as well.

“It’s going to be a tough year next year and the physicality of the Championship is well known.

“It’s not ideal for us to be in that division but we’re going to work extra hard to get back into Super League and be a force again.

“I wanted to be a part of that and I think we can do something really special here.

“There has been massive uncertainty here because you train and then you go back to your personal life, but it’s a fresh start next year and hopefully we can bounce back.”

Lowes is delighted to have retained the services of Blythe as his squad continues to take shape.

The Bulls head coach said: “I’ve known Matty for a number of years and worked with him at Warrington.

“He did a fantastic job for me in a really tough situation and you don’t forget things like that.

“He’s that type of player – 110 per cent in whatever he does and I’m really pleased that he has decided to crack on with us next year.

“Physically he’s a lot better now when compared to his early days and he knows the game a little bit better, but you could see his raw talent back then.

“His ability to carry the ball, his enthusiasm and his willingness to play wherever he is asked to play. As a player he has evolved, in a good way.”

Meanwhile, the Bulls have confirmed that both Luke George and Elliot Kear will leave Odsal at the end of the season.

George is not thought to have another club lined up but Kear is attracting interest from London Welsh and Cardiff Blues as he prepares to cross codes.

 

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7:32am Fri 5 Sep 14

bradfordbronco says...

Great news. Pitts has also signed according to Hull Daily Mail. Think we just need a goalkicking scrum half now and i'll be confident we can beat any one of the bottom four SL clubs in the 4th v 5th play off game next year and return to SL
Great news. Pitts has also signed according to Hull Daily Mail. Think we just need a goalkicking scrum half now and i'll be confident we can beat any one of the bottom four SL clubs in the 4th v 5th play off game next year and return to SL bradfordbronco
  • Score: 12

8:01am Fri 5 Sep 14

Shipley Paul says...

There must be something special behind the scenes now at Odsal which had been missing for a year or two. It's heartening for all at the club to see players who could genuinely have stayed in Super League staying loyal to the club and signing new deals. Matty is one of those and with Jay Pitts reportedly signing too, it's been a really good week for Bulls fans. Although the Championship will be tough next year, I think we have a squad which is good enough to seriously challenge for a quick return to Super League.
There must be something special behind the scenes now at Odsal which had been missing for a year or two. It's heartening for all at the club to see players who could genuinely have stayed in Super League staying loyal to the club and signing new deals. Matty is one of those and with Jay Pitts reportedly signing too, it's been a really good week for Bulls fans. Although the Championship will be tough next year, I think we have a squad which is good enough to seriously challenge for a quick return to Super League. Shipley Paul
  • Score: 9

8:02am Fri 5 Sep 14

NG1972 says...

Great signing thanks Matty for being faithful to us Bulls see you Sunday Bring on SL in 2016. Hopefully the officials are better when we return.
Great signing thanks Matty for being faithful to us Bulls see you Sunday Bring on SL in 2016. Hopefully the officials are better when we return. NG1972
  • Score: 10

8:08am Fri 5 Sep 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Agree with all the above, club heading in right direction. Genuinely feel positive about the future.
Agree with all the above, club heading in right direction. Genuinely feel positive about the future. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 8

8:18am Fri 5 Sep 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Great news. Pitts has also signed according to Hull Daily Mail. Think we just need a goalkicking scrum half now and i'll be confident we can beat any one of the bottom four SL clubs in the 4th v 5th play off game next year and return to SL
Never mind 4th v 5th we'll finish in top 3. Keep em coming Jimmy, Karl Harrison as assistant next then a quality scrum half
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Great news. Pitts has also signed according to Hull Daily Mail. Think we just need a goalkicking scrum half now and i'll be confident we can beat any one of the bottom four SL clubs in the 4th v 5th play off game next year and return to SL[/p][/quote]Never mind 4th v 5th we'll finish in top 3. Keep em coming Jimmy, Karl Harrison as assistant next then a quality scrum half BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 3

8:21am Fri 5 Sep 14

axelf1963 says...

So he snubbed super league to stay ?
Wakey Wakey Matthew
So he snubbed super league to stay ? Wakey Wakey Matthew axelf1963
  • Score: -14

8:58am Fri 5 Sep 14

nosher says...

He has potential, but IMO not as a centre. He throws out some suicide passes. He would be better in the pack with the other numpties LOL
He has potential, but IMO not as a centre. He throws out some suicide passes. He would be better in the pack with the other numpties LOL nosher
  • Score: -11

9:07am Fri 5 Sep 14

myway! says...

Blythe is a huge signing for us. I think he is one of just a few players we have which could easily get into a number of SL sides. Well done to Jimmy and Green for engineering this!
I think we are more than a scrum half away from seriously challenging SL opposition though!
We still only have one winger so we could do with another couple of backs signing up and a tough, hard hitting prop wouldn't go a miss, but were not that far off!
I'm going into next season fully believing we can get back into SL but if the squad can do it i think it will be the biggest achievement of the clubs summer history! The format for getting back up is so tough on the championship sides and the cash available to the SL teams means Wakey are signing up players like Smith and Micky Paea and the player pool is only spread between 12 clubs so the quality of every side up there will improve.
Castleford's performances this year make me believe a team that works hard for each other can cause huge upsets though and if anyone can get that attitude into a group of men it's Jimmy! It's going to be attitude over quality that get us back up and the way the lads are playing at the moment makes me think they will give it a right good go!
Blythe is a huge signing for us. I think he is one of just a few players we have which could easily get into a number of SL sides. Well done to Jimmy and Green for engineering this! I think we are more than a scrum half away from seriously challenging SL opposition though! We still only have one winger so we could do with another couple of backs signing up and a tough, hard hitting prop wouldn't go a miss, but were not that far off! I'm going into next season fully believing we can get back into SL but if the squad can do it i think it will be the biggest achievement of the clubs summer history! The format for getting back up is so tough on the championship sides and the cash available to the SL teams means Wakey are signing up players like Smith and Micky Paea and the player pool is only spread between 12 clubs so the quality of every side up there will improve. Castleford's performances this year make me believe a team that works hard for each other can cause huge upsets though and if anyone can get that attitude into a group of men it's Jimmy! It's going to be attitude over quality that get us back up and the way the lads are playing at the moment makes me think they will give it a right good go! myway!
  • Score: 9

9:53am Fri 5 Sep 14

theviking62 says...

Lopini Paea is the one signed by Trinity, brother of Mickey. But your right, in one respect, bigger pool to choose from. But, Championship clubs are signing SL quality players as well, Broncos, Sheffield, Leigh, Rovers. Attitude over quality, right, but you need the quality as well, those players that are game breakers, Lee Gaskell, to name but one.
Just seen, Rhys Lovegrove has signed for Broncos, strange really when KR let him off his contract on " compassionate grounds " must have felt sorry for Broncos. So we definitely won't have it easy in Championship.
Lopini Paea is the one signed by Trinity, brother of Mickey. But your right, in one respect, bigger pool to choose from. But, Championship clubs are signing SL quality players as well, Broncos, Sheffield, Leigh, Rovers. Attitude over quality, right, but you need the quality as well, those players that are game breakers, Lee Gaskell, to name but one. Just seen, Rhys Lovegrove has signed for Broncos, strange really when KR let him off his contract on " compassionate grounds " must have felt sorry for Broncos. So we definitely won't have it easy in Championship. theviking62
  • Score: 1

10:25am Fri 5 Sep 14

no1smytho says...

myway! wrote:
Blythe is a huge signing for us. I think he is one of just a few players we have which could easily get into a number of SL sides. Well done to Jimmy and Green for engineering this!
I think we are more than a scrum half away from seriously challenging SL opposition though!
We still only have one winger so we could do with another couple of backs signing up and a tough, hard hitting prop wouldn't go a miss, but were not that far off!
I'm going into next season fully believing we can get back into SL but if the squad can do it i think it will be the biggest achievement of the clubs summer history! The format for getting back up is so tough on the championship sides and the cash available to the SL teams means Wakey are signing up players like Smith and Micky Paea and the player pool is only spread between 12 clubs so the quality of every side up there will improve.
Castleford's performances this year make me believe a team that works hard for each other can cause huge upsets though and if anyone can get that attitude into a group of men it's Jimmy! It's going to be attitude over quality that get us back up and the way the lads are playing at the moment makes me think they will give it a right good go!
etu and danny = 2 wingers
[quote][p][bold]myway![/bold] wrote: Blythe is a huge signing for us. I think he is one of just a few players we have which could easily get into a number of SL sides. Well done to Jimmy and Green for engineering this! I think we are more than a scrum half away from seriously challenging SL opposition though! We still only have one winger so we could do with another couple of backs signing up and a tough, hard hitting prop wouldn't go a miss, but were not that far off! I'm going into next season fully believing we can get back into SL but if the squad can do it i think it will be the biggest achievement of the clubs summer history! The format for getting back up is so tough on the championship sides and the cash available to the SL teams means Wakey are signing up players like Smith and Micky Paea and the player pool is only spread between 12 clubs so the quality of every side up there will improve. Castleford's performances this year make me believe a team that works hard for each other can cause huge upsets though and if anyone can get that attitude into a group of men it's Jimmy! It's going to be attitude over quality that get us back up and the way the lads are playing at the moment makes me think they will give it a right good go![/p][/quote]etu and danny = 2 wingers no1smytho
  • Score: 2

10:36am Fri 5 Sep 14

myway! says...

no1smytho wrote:
myway! wrote:
Blythe is a huge signing for us. I think he is one of just a few players we have which could easily get into a number of SL sides. Well done to Jimmy and Green for engineering this!
I think we are more than a scrum half away from seriously challenging SL opposition though!
We still only have one winger so we could do with another couple of backs signing up and a tough, hard hitting prop wouldn't go a miss, but were not that far off!
I'm going into next season fully believing we can get back into SL but if the squad can do it i think it will be the biggest achievement of the clubs summer history! The format for getting back up is so tough on the championship sides and the cash available to the SL teams means Wakey are signing up players like Smith and Micky Paea and the player pool is only spread between 12 clubs so the quality of every side up there will improve.
Castleford's performances this year make me believe a team that works hard for each other can cause huge upsets though and if anyone can get that attitude into a group of men it's Jimmy! It's going to be attitude over quality that get us back up and the way the lads are playing at the moment makes me think they will give it a right good go!
etu and danny = 2 wingers
I'll be honest i don't know much about etu other than he looks like a bit of a monster. It was reported he is a center? Is that wrong? even still we could do with some depth in the backs, not wise going into a full season with one fullback and 2 centers and 2 wingers, unless we have some lads coming through in the academy that is, perfect time to blood them if we do!
[quote][p][bold]no1smytho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]myway![/bold] wrote: Blythe is a huge signing for us. I think he is one of just a few players we have which could easily get into a number of SL sides. Well done to Jimmy and Green for engineering this! I think we are more than a scrum half away from seriously challenging SL opposition though! We still only have one winger so we could do with another couple of backs signing up and a tough, hard hitting prop wouldn't go a miss, but were not that far off! I'm going into next season fully believing we can get back into SL but if the squad can do it i think it will be the biggest achievement of the clubs summer history! The format for getting back up is so tough on the championship sides and the cash available to the SL teams means Wakey are signing up players like Smith and Micky Paea and the player pool is only spread between 12 clubs so the quality of every side up there will improve. Castleford's performances this year make me believe a team that works hard for each other can cause huge upsets though and if anyone can get that attitude into a group of men it's Jimmy! It's going to be attitude over quality that get us back up and the way the lads are playing at the moment makes me think they will give it a right good go![/p][/quote]etu and danny = 2 wingers[/p][/quote]I'll be honest i don't know much about etu other than he looks like a bit of a monster. It was reported he is a center? Is that wrong? even still we could do with some depth in the backs, not wise going into a full season with one fullback and 2 centers and 2 wingers, unless we have some lads coming through in the academy that is, perfect time to blood them if we do! myway!
  • Score: 0

10:45am Fri 5 Sep 14

myway! says...

theviking62 wrote:
Lopini Paea is the one signed by Trinity, brother of Mickey. But your right, in one respect, bigger pool to choose from. But, Championship clubs are signing SL quality players as well, Broncos, Sheffield, Leigh, Rovers. Attitude over quality, right, but you need the quality as well, those players that are game breakers, Lee Gaskell, to name but one.
Just seen, Rhys Lovegrove has signed for Broncos, strange really when KR let him off his contract on " compassionate grounds " must have felt sorry for Broncos. So we definitely won't have it easy in Championship.
Apologies, getting my Paea's mixed up. Still a massive unit though, great signing by them!
I agree the championship clubs are definitely going to be hard to beat. Its Leigh that worry me out of them all. They have a settled side and are going full time, us and London are having a massive recruitment drive which can sometimes take time to gel. I'd still fancy us to beat most down there though having the likes of gaskell like you said and come the end of the season the lads should be well in tune with each other. With the new format though you really need to finish in the top two. top two get 4 home games against the more difficult opposition and the 3rd/4th place champ clubs only get 3 home games against the perceived easier sides. Going to be a nerve wrecking end of the year that's for sure!
I read Lovegroves Mrs is from London which is why he wanted to go down there, but at 27 he is a very good signing for London, hopefully he is taking a huge chunk of their wage cap!
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Lopini Paea is the one signed by Trinity, brother of Mickey. But your right, in one respect, bigger pool to choose from. But, Championship clubs are signing SL quality players as well, Broncos, Sheffield, Leigh, Rovers. Attitude over quality, right, but you need the quality as well, those players that are game breakers, Lee Gaskell, to name but one. Just seen, Rhys Lovegrove has signed for Broncos, strange really when KR let him off his contract on " compassionate grounds " must have felt sorry for Broncos. So we definitely won't have it easy in Championship.[/p][/quote]Apologies, getting my Paea's mixed up. Still a massive unit though, great signing by them! I agree the championship clubs are definitely going to be hard to beat. Its Leigh that worry me out of them all. They have a settled side and are going full time, us and London are having a massive recruitment drive which can sometimes take time to gel. I'd still fancy us to beat most down there though having the likes of gaskell like you said and come the end of the season the lads should be well in tune with each other. With the new format though you really need to finish in the top two. top two get 4 home games against the more difficult opposition and the 3rd/4th place champ clubs only get 3 home games against the perceived easier sides. Going to be a nerve wrecking end of the year that's for sure! I read Lovegroves Mrs is from London which is why he wanted to go down there, but at 27 he is a very good signing for London, hopefully he is taking a huge chunk of their wage cap! myway!
  • Score: 0

11:49am Fri 5 Sep 14

fash1966 says...

Great news! He`s been good in the pack and seems to tackle better in the middle than he does at centre on the fringes. Luke George has had 1 year and he`s not been good enough (altho i originally thought he mite be). Elliott Kear, well he`s a trier and puts everything into his performances. Its` just that everything he`s got isn`t quite enough. Good luck to them both, but they weren`t and aren`t good enough.
Great news! He`s been good in the pack and seems to tackle better in the middle than he does at centre on the fringes. Luke George has had 1 year and he`s not been good enough (altho i originally thought he mite be). Elliott Kear, well he`s a trier and puts everything into his performances. Its` just that everything he`s got isn`t quite enough. Good luck to them both, but they weren`t and aren`t good enough. fash1966
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Fri 5 Sep 14

portugalbull says...

Has anybody got a list of who's signed, who's leaving and who's left still not made up their mind.
Still looking for scrum half, props and back cover in my mind but shaping up nicely.Whats Purtel doing? He's been best center this year.
Has anybody got a list of who's signed, who's leaving and who's left still not made up their mind. Still looking for scrum half, props and back cover in my mind but shaping up nicely.Whats Purtel doing? He's been best center this year. portugalbull
  • Score: 2

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