Blythe taking short-sighted view as he looks to reignite career at Bradford Bulls (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Matty Blythe taking short-sighted view as he looks to reignite career at Bradford Bulls
Nobody seems quite sure what the future holds for Matty Blythe beyond this season, least of all the man himself.
The Warrington centre has joined the Bulls on a season-long loan in order to play regularly in Super League.
But he is contracted to the Wolves for next year and a profitable campaign with Bradford could yet see him re-establish himself in Tony Smith’s star-studded squad in 2014.
“I’m not really thinking about next year just yet,” said Blythe as he prepares to face Wakefield tomorrow.
“I’ve got some options and I think the ball is in my court but we’ll have to see how the season pans out. I’m only thinking about this week and Wakefield.
“Each game will take its course and we’ll just see what happens.
“I’m enjoying my rugby at the moment and I can’t ask for any more than that.”
Blythe speaks impressively and his commitment to the Bulls cannot be doubted.
Nor can his ability, which has seen him perform well in the pre-season friendlies against Dewsbury and Leeds.
The 24-year-old, who scored a try on his bow at the Tetley’s Stadium, added: “It was nice to pull on the shirt and make my debut against Dewsbury.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt really at home, especially against Leeds.
“It was my first taste of the derby and that made me want the full effect of the rivalry when we play them again in Super League.
“The lads here have been great and welcomed me into the club with open arms.
“I just can’t wait to step out on the field in a Super League game now.”
Warrington have arguably the strongest squad in Super League and the season-long switch to Bradford affords Blythe the opportunity to play regularly.
That did not happen at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, with Smith having a wealth of options in every position.
Blythe said: “I’ve got something to prove to myself coming here – that I can be an established Super League player.
“I want to help Bradford perform and prove people wrong who are writing us off. Yes, we have got a small squad but it doesn’t mean we’re going to underachieve.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better club to come to, to be honest.”
Blythe’s physicality and eye for a try should see him become a regular in the right-centre berth this season.
He is certainly happy with how Francis Cummins’ squad has shaped up during pre-season.
“As a team I think we’ve gelled pretty quickly,” he said. “The team hasn’t changed that much really, which is probably a good thing.
“I thought we should have beaten Leeds and we’ll take loads of positives from that.
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere and I honestly can’t wait to walk out here as a Bulls player.”