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SWINDON WILDCATS: Bullas backs young squad to impress in EPL
AT 22 years old Sam Bullas is not exactly a veteran, but the bruising forward is already one of the more experienced members of the Swindon Wildcats line-up.
The Nottingham-born man has five seasons with the Wildcats under his belt and following a summer recruitment process that saw the Link Centre side target youth, there are now seven players younger than Bullas on the roster.
The former Great Britain Under-20 international might not feel that he possesses as much knowledge as some of his teammates, but is more than happy to pass on what he knows to the younger members of the side.
“I’m 22 and usually that’s reasonably young, but this year we’ve got quite a few young players younger than me,” said Bullas.
“I’ve always had a good group of guys looking after me, people like Janny (Jan Melichar), Joe Baird and Aldy (head coach Ryan Aldridge) who has done so much for me.
“If I can help our players out or do anything for them then I will, even though I might not be as experienced as some others or as experienced as I would like to be. But that’s how hockey works, you pass everything down that you learn, so hopefully I can help them out.”
Bullas feels that the abundance of youth in the line-up coupled with seasoned talent can work in Wildcats’ favour in the upcoming campaign.
“I feel like we’ve brought a great group of guys in and we have a bit more youth but also more experience as well, and I think that combination is going to work pretty well for us,” he said.
“I want to go big this year, I want to get some silverware. We say it every year but I really think this is the year we could push for something.
“We’ve got a great group of guys. Stevie Lyle is a massive bonus as he’s probably the best goalie in the country and we’ve got a few guys who have come down from the Elite League.
“That league is a lot different - it’s a lot more controlled and a lot more systems-based - but I think that experience is invaluable and that they are going to come down and do really well.”
The ex-Nottingham Panthers man improved through the 2013/14 season and was widely acclaimed as Swindon’s best player in the two-legged play-off quarter-final against Basingstoke.
And Bullas wants more consistency in his displays this term as he looks to fulfil his potential.
“I had to take time off at the start of the year for personal reasons and when I got back I started a bit slower than I wanted to,” said Bullas.
“I felt like towards the end of the year I really found my feet in the team and thought I had a really good play-offs.
“I want to play like that every game this year, that’s what I’m going to go for and hopefully that will make a big year for me.
“Personal goals are good and I’ve set myself some and will make sure I try and reach them this year, but at the end of the day it’s more about team goals.
“I’d rather fulfil team goals than my personal ones.”
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