SAM Bullas’ glittering Swindon Wildcats career – spanning 10 seasons – will be celebrated this weekend at a one-off testimonial match, and club player-coach Aaron Nell has paid tribute to him.

Bullas, 28, first joined the Link Centre outfit in 2009 as a teenager and has completed 480 games in white and red since – scoring 96 goals.

Coach Nell described the robust right-shooter as hard working, a great person and a fans’ favourite ahead of his big night.

And he hopes supporters will turn out in force to celebrate his standout career to date with the Cats.

“Sam has worked extremely hard, and he’s improved over the last couple of years,” said Nell.

“For him to do that at his age shows how hard he has worked in the last two years since the league changed. He’s become a bigger part of our team, and that proves how hard he has worked.

“I hope as many people possible come to the game, Bully deserves a big crowd and a night of celebration.

“He’s certainly a fans’ favourite, he’s been a fantastic part of our team and I’m happy that he has decided to spend the last 10 years at Swindon.

“And I’m very proud of our club that we’ve been able to keep him for the last 10 years.”

The evening will be attended by the entire 2018-19 Wildcats roster, plus a few familiar faces and invited players from around the league.

With the format being kept under wraps for now, Nell said Bullas’ decision to commit another three years to playing for Swindon underlines his love and passion for the club.

He added: “What I can say about Bully is that there is not one person I know who does not like him.

“Bully is one of the rare people where I can’t think of anyone that hasn’t got along with him in the past.

“He’s a fantastic player and an even better person. Everyone is looking forward to the weekend.

“A big thing for me is that he could’ve very easily cut down his commitments – he was doing a lot of travelling to and from Nottingham.

“But he was great this year, and he wants to keep on playing for us.

“After him having such a good year this season, we had confidence in offering him a three-year contract with the future in mind.”