Bradford utility Matty Blythe has said he feels something great can happen at the Bulls over the next couple of years and he can’t wait to be a part of it.
The 25-year-old became the 20th member of the squad for next season, after having agreeing a new two-year deal with the club. And he admits he had no hesitation about staying with the Bulls.
“I talked to a few clubs, but once I knew everything was in place here I wanted to stay,” said Blythe, who has Championship experience after spending time on dual-registration with Leigh in 2010.
“Something special will happen here in the next couple of years and I want to be a part of the history that brings this club back up.
“We have a new challenge ahead of us now and all the boys are looking forward to it. I had a spell in the Championship and saw what a tough and physical league it is, and I don’t expect that to have changed by next year.
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“When you see who have already signed up for next year it shows what sort of club this is. We have got some great Super League standard players on board so we are going to be a tough team to play against.
“We have show recently that we can beat anyone and if we can build on that I can’t see why we can’t bounce back up. Whether that is next year or the one after, that success will come.”
Over the course of this season Blythe has played on the wing, at centre, full-back, second row and loose forward. James Lowes, who coached Blythe as a youngster at Warrington, doesn’t want to pigeon-hole his new signing into one position, given that his ability to play anywhere is a key attribute.
“I knew Matty as a young bloke at Warrington and he did a fantastic job for me, so I am really please he’s decided to stay with us for next year,” said Lowes
“He has a willingness to play wherever he is asked to and not many players like to do that. He can do a job anywhere and if he was put in the front row he’d do the same thing.
“One of Matt’s main strengths is his versatility and the energy he brings to whatever position he is in. He can do a great job in the centre one week and then be doing the same job in the back row the next week, so I wouldn’t focus on just one position for him.”