WARRINGTON Wolves’ Danny Bridge has gone straight into the Bradford Bulls 19-man squad for Sunday’s Super League opener against Castleford Tigers.
Bridge joined Francis Cummings’ ranks earlier this week on a one-month loan, joining the club where his older Wolves brother Chris gained his Super League break.
The 21-year-old is hoping the experience will be the start of a growing number of top-flight appearances this year.
A back rower wo started out with Oldham amateurs Waterhead and joined Wolves in 2011 from Wigan Warriors’ academy ranks, made three appearances in Tony Smith’s first team last year and earned a call-up to the Ireland squad for the Rugby League World Cup.
He follows in the footsteps of Ben Evans, who made 17 Super League appearances on a year’s loan with the Odsal club in 2013.
Bridge said: “I was speaking to Ben Evans about Bradford and he said going there last year was one of the best things he’s ever done.
“Playing regular first-team rugby helped him to develop a lot more and that’s what I can hopefully do under Franny.
“I’ve worked with him before with England under 16s, and he’s a good coach, so I was happy when Tony told me I could go to Bradford.
“Hopefully I’ll get a bit more game-time this season, whether it’s at Warrington, Bradford or wherever else.
“That’s my main goal – to make as many Super League appearances as I can.
“It all depends if Tony sees me in his plans or if Franny still wants me at the end of this month.
“Later on in the season, you get injuries and you need to rest people so hopefully I can try and break through and maybe get a few games at Warrington.”
Bridge’s full Wolves debut came when he deputised for Ben Westwood in the back row in a 74-4 Challenge Cup fourth round victory at Keighley Cougars on April 21, 2013.
He kept his spot in the 17 for the next two matches, making his Super League debut off the bench in the 32-4 Wolves victory over Bradford and as a substitute in the 34-12 victory at eventual League Leaders’ Shield winners Huddersfield Giants.
Bridge also made 13 appearances for Wolves’ partner club Swinton Lions in the Championship during 2013.
He featured once for Ireland in the Rugby League World Cup, figuring in the defeat to England at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.
In 2012 he was a regular member of the Wolves under 20s side that topped the Valvoline Cup league table and went on to defeat Leeds Rhinos in the youth Grand Final.