Centre Matty Blythe joined Super League rivals Bradford Bulls on a year’s loan agreement at the start of this season.
Tomorrow afternoon sees him return to his hometown club where he progressed through the Warrington ranks to reach the first team, making his debut in 2007.
Matty has settled in well at the Bulls and is enjoying the challenge.
“I’m really enjoying it. Everyone welcomed me and we’ve had a good start to the season. I’ve played in six games; I’ve had a bit of an injury that has set me back the last couple of weeks, but I’ve started well and am confident as well.
“Pre-season was pretty long; with driving it was a good 12-hour day. This was another reason that I went to Bradford; it was a new challenge. Rather than getting up an hour before training, having a bit of breakfast and then round the corner, it’s a different kettle of fish now. It was hard for the first couple of weeks to get used to it but it comes naturally now getting up at 5am!”
He’s been pleased with the Bull’s season so far with the team sitting just one point behind the Wolves in the table.
“We wanted to start well and we wanted to pip off the teams we've managed to, and challenge for a team on top honours -top five top six, wherever it takes us. Our character and spirit is pretty high. The lads who were here last year are always on a high and I’ve just jumped on the band wagon. They’ve put loads of confidence in me and I’m realising that I am a skilful player and have lots to offer. It’s thanks to Warrington that I have managed to be able to do this.”
Bradford coach Francis Cummins has had coaching experience with Tony Smith so how do they compare?
“They’ve got some similarities. One of the reasons I went to Francis was because Tony vouched for him saying that he’s a really good coach. He’s (Francis) not disappointed me one bit. His man management is really good as is his knowledge of the game. He’s always talking to you, always wants to know how you are, especially whilst I’ve been injured, reassuring me to keep my chin up and keep going.”
And on his new teammates three months into the season.
“It’s nice to go to a team where they’ve got experienced players like Matt Diskin, who is a veteran of Rugby League, and you can ask them questions about the club’s past. I travel with Chev Walker and he’s always got a story to tell about ‘back in the day’.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game against the Wolves, and his friends, he added:
“All I want to do is play rugby, ever since I signed for Warrington. It’s my hometown club, they’ve brought me up since I was 13/14 and I’ve tried to repay them with my performances on the pitch which I hope I have. Obviously I’m at Bradford this year and it’s going really well. I hate to say it but there’s nothing more that I want us to do, than to turn the Wolves over. They will want to beat us, make a statement and set down another marker on Sunday.”
Matty may miss out through injury but prop Ben Evans, also on loan at the Bulls, is another Warrington/Bradford connection this Sunday. Ben has suffered a setback through injury in the early part of the season but is named in the line-up and could make his Super League Bulls debut against his parent club.
Warrington Wolves v Bradford Bulls, tomorrow, 3pm
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27, Apr, 2013