SAM WOOD says that he is “enjoying his rugby again” on loan at Batley Bulldogs.
The 21-year-old centre joined the club on a season-long deal from Super League outfit Huddersfield Giants, where he fell out of favour last season with new head coach Simon Woolford.
He finished 2018 with short spells at both Workington Town and Halifax, but is hoping to get more regular action in Matt Diskin’s side this season.
The Dewsbury-born player said that his aim was to get “consistent game time (and) make sure that I’m knocking on the door for Huddersfield.”
Having made his debut in early 2016, he has made 17 Super League appearances in total and signed a deal last year to keep him at the Giants until the end of the 2021 season.
However, he hasn’t made a single appearance since Woolford arrived to take charge, and Wood knows that he needs to prove he is top-flight material.
“I wouldn’t still be playing if I didn’t think that (I could be a Super League player),” he said.
“I need to be competitive, I need some game time and Simon said that to me.
“He said he needs to see me play because I haven’t had the best last two years for game time, so I need to get playing, start showing them what I can do, and hopefully push for those spots in Super League.”
Wood is still training with Huddersfield, but it is at the Bulldogs that he is enjoying the sport again.
“I’ve had a good two or three months training in pre-season with Batley now and they’re a really good set of lads, and I feel comfortable here,” he said.
“I’m enjoying training and enjoying playing again to be honest. I had four good pre-season games and then (last week’s game), and I feel comfortable and I’m enjoying my rugby again.”
However, he admitted after last Sunday’s defeat at Barrow that it wasn’t the start of the season that they were hoping for.
“We want to win all of our home games and we want to be competitive, but Barrow turned up and have done a number on us,” said Wood.
“We’ve been stupid with our skill and didn’t keep hold of the ball well enough, and if you gift any team that much possession then they’re going to punish you.”