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New deal as Danny Addy aims to cement Bradford Bulls position
Danny Addy has signed a new one-year deal with the Bulls and spoken of his desire to secure a regular spot in Francis Cummins’ side.
The home-grown 21-year-old was deployed in the halves, at hooker and in the back row without ever being a regular position last season.
Having agreed a contract to stay at Odsal for next year, Addy is keen to nail down a place in the side – preferably at loose forward, which could open the door for Jamie Langley to be used as a front-rower.
Addy, who made his Bulls debut against Dewsbury in the Challenge Cup in 2010, is delighted to extend his stay at the club, despite rumoured interest from elsewhere.
“Franny and I spoke this week and he told me that he wants me playing in the back row,” he said.
“I think that’s my best position; loose forward or second row. I would be more than happy to do a job there week in, week out.
“Franny played a big part in my decision to sign a new deal. He played a major role at the club last season as assistant coach and I like him a lot.
“What he said convinced me that this is the club I definitely want to be at for a while now.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract. I believe there was interest from a few clubs but I never actually spoke to anybody.”
Addy admitted his versatility probably worked against him at times, even though it has proved useful for his coaches.
“I came up through the ranks at Bradford as a loose forward but I’ve not had many chances to play there,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to train there week in, week out and play there this coming season.
“I’m at the age now where I want to be playing as many games as I can.
“I don’t just want to be playing because other people are injured. I either want to start or be there or thereabouts every single week.”
Cummins is delighted that Bradford have been able to retain Addy for next season. “He is a very talented player who, whilst he does offer great utility value, should be looking to be more position-specific next season,” said the Bulls coach.
“I’m looking for Danny to put his hand up and stake a claim for a place in the back row next year.”
Pontefract lad Addy travels to training every day with Langley and says the Bulls’ longest-serving player is someone he admires.
Addy said: “Langers plays in my favourite position of loose forward. He’s a good role model for me and we’re quite good mates too.
“I travel with him every morning and I look up to him in a way. There’s a lot I can learn from a player of his quality and experience.”