SCOTT Moore was the youngest ever Super League player when he made his debut for St Helens aged just 16.

Now 29, the experienced Bradford Bulls hooker, who has played for seven clubs in the past six seasons, is the ideal player to look back on their 2017.

And his verdict is that the players have helped to pull each other through what have been very trying times.

The former England international, whose clubs also include Huddersfield Giants, Castleford Tigers and London Broncos, reflected on his Odsal experience: "Losing every week is not a good environment to be in, and sometimes there is a bit of negative chat, but we have got a really good, sound bunch of lads, and that has been the main thing.

"We have all just got on with it and helped each other through."

Moore, who has also played for Widnes Vikings, North Queensland Cowboys and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, also admits that inside help has sometimes been lacking.

He explained: "We haven't had much in the way of coaching staff.

"We have only really had Geoff (Toovey), the conditioner left halfway through the season and we have had a change of physio, and it has been down to the boys and the camararderie and team spirit and the friendships that have helped us through."

Being part of a young squad has probably had more disadvantages than advantages, however, and Moore said: "Geoff has been on at us all year about errors, but it just comes with inexperience.

"We have got a lot of kids who have not played week in, week out at this level, so that is where inexperience comes in and confidence comes in and errors come in, and is just part and parcel of having a young team really."

He also admitted that stress has been a factor, adding: "We got put under a lot of pressure from the top, and that didn't help.

"They are young lads and are not used to dealing with that pressure week in and week out, and with the rollercoaster of the season.

"Once the pressure is off we have started to win games, and that is pretty sad, but that is probably the truth of it."

Moore admits that, with a very difficult season drawing to a close, he is looking forward to some downtime.

"We still have another two games to go and you just have to be professional.

"It has been a long, tough season with a few ups and downs and I am looking forward to a rest really.

"Training is probably the worst part about it.

"We do a lot of the same stuff and it is a bit mundane at times turning up every day and training, and that is the bit the lads are struggling with mentally, but there is not long to go now.

"But playing is the enjoyable part really because everyone wants to play rugby, and that is what we have been doing since we were kids."

Moore is set to return to the Bulls squad tomorrow at Dewsbury Rams, having missed last weekend's victory over Sheffield Eagles due to illness.

He explained: "I trained on Friday, and on Saturday morning I got a virus and went to see a doctor and a nurse and couldn't keep anything down – water or anything – so I had to pull out of the game sadly.

"I trained on Wednesday and felt a bit scratchy but I trained on Thursday and felt all right, so I should be back in this weekend."