He’s spent much of his working life on top of the world but now Danny Addy has got there in a Bulls shirt.

The 19-year-old loose forward could barely have asked for a better Bradford debut in last week’s Challenge Cup win against Dewsbury.

Scoring a try and kicking two goals as the Bulls won 50-0, Addy impressed all and sundry with a composed, mature performance at Tetley’s Stadium.

Not bad for someone who had been working as a roofer at the start of the year.

Addy was not initially included in Steve McNamara’s first-team squad and had intended to keep up his day job, while training part-time with the under-20s.

But, after being made redundant around the same time as he provided a couple of promising displays in pre-season, he was given the chance to train full-time - one he grasped whole-heartedly.

He said: "I finished with the academy and then the firm I was working for went bust.

"I didn't know what I was going to do but then Steve Mac gave me the opportunity to train full-time, so I could get used to the boys and the environment.

"I was delighted. It's what I've always wanted and I'm enjoying it a whole lot more than roofing.

"I’ve been trying to take the chance with both hands really, just do my best every day and hopefully impress the coaches."

Addy's composure belied an inevitable nervousness that had his stomach in knots as he stepped up to kick the first of his two goals.

But he made no mistake in converting Heath L'Estrange's 49th minute try before a dummy-half drive allowed him to touch down himself 10 minutes from time. Of course, he converted his own try.

"I was delighted just to be given my chance," said Addy. "That’s what I’ve wanted from being a young lad.

"I got a little chance in the friendlies but this was my first competitive game and I was really excited.

"The first kick on my debut I was a bit nervous but I managed to slot it over.

"For the try I just saw a gap so I went for it and hoped for the best. It turned out pretty well."

One observer who took particular note of Addy's debut performance was Dewsbury boss Warren Jowitt.

So much so that days later, the Bulls youngster was on his way to the Rams in a dual-registration deal that will run to the end of the season.

It is the first time Bradford have taken advantage of the rules introduced this season that allow young players to remain on the squad at a Super League club while getting vital game-time in the lower divisions.

Addy is set to make his Dewsbury debut in the Championship clash with Barrow tomorrow and McNamara has no doubt he will quickly adapt.

"He's a very clever footballer, has a great catch and pass and kicks very well so he's an all-round player," said the Bulls boss.

"He's still got some way to go but he's working hard at it.

"It was a strange situation for him, getting a chance to go full-time after losing his job, but he's taken it with both hands and the rewards are there for all to see.

"We would love all of our junior players to be full-time but it's not possible because of budget restraints.

"Danny's taken the opportunity to invest time and effort into his career and that's encouraging."

But Addy knows the next step, to becoming a first-team regular, will be the biggest, especially with the likes of Steve Menzies, Jamie Langley and James Donaldson already competing for time at 13.

He said: "I've got to keep working hard in training and keep playing well when I get the chance. If I get an opportunity I want to take it.

"There’s a lot of quality throughout the team and especially in my position.

"From oldest to youngest, we’ve got some great lads and good players. It’s going to be hard getting in but I’m going to enjoy the challenge."