The prop was the part of Barrow’s side that won the promotion to the tournament in 2017.
After a season he played part-time in Division Two, he was recruited by Wigan – the club that released as a young winger – and it didn’t take long to make an impact in the Premier League..
His countersunk fee was appreciated instantly by fans and he started the season, cementing a spot in the team ahead of tonight’s semi-final match against Hull FC at DW Stadium.
The 27-year-old, who hails from Blackpool, said: “I’ve been happy with the way things are going, and I get a spot on the side every week and try to do my homework for the team..
“Obtaining the league leaders was a great honor. One of the reasons for coming here is to win titles and win big matches. This is a small square that has been determined..
“But no one is drifting away, the big final thing matters, and that was the starting point for it to start.
Bullock is only 80 minutes away from the Super League Final, having followed the path of Alex Walmsley and Chris Hill, two players who also advanced from the tournament to the Super League.
Warriors assistant coach Mattie Peet thinks he can mimic these two propaganda and pounce on the English side..
Piet, who returned to Wigan early last year after a while at Sale Sharks, said: “It was clear to me that the way he carried the ball was just right there with any Premier League player..
“But the main area of development was his defense, and I might have spent more time with him than ever before.
“He always comes to see me after every video review, he always makes the little extra.
“The success he has achieved is a testament to his desire to improve and if he continues he can become one of the best players in the Premier League.. .
He first coached Piet Bullock when he was a member of the St.Pats U-18 as a winger.
He played in Wigan’s second series on the edges before moving to Leigh, where he turned into a part-time striker and then a full member of Front Row Club.
So, after you’ve played on charcoal and on the edge, what’s the hardest playing position?
“Definitely in the middle,” he smiled. « The wings have the pressure to finish, picking up bombs and trying to stop a quick man running towards you.
“But in the middle, it’s daunting from the start, it’s not fun – the fun comes when you score and the reward for doing your job, but the arm wrestling itself, it’s a constant effort from the start to finish.
Pollock admits he was surprised by the break-in for Wigan very quickly last season, after entering a full-time environment..
« But I was lucky at Barrow, I was full-time with the club, doing some training and teaching during the day, so it wasn’t like I went from working 40 hours a week full time to a full time environment. ».
“It was still a step forward, but it was about the little things that take a while to get used to, being more accountable, and making sure you are at your best because if you weren’t close I found out here.
“Last year, I was learning a lot on the job. When Mattie Pete came along, in particular, he helped me with the complex parts and we always work hard to try to get the performance to the full. There are a few guys with this amount of talent that they don’t have to work very hard for – and unfortunately I’m not one of those – so it comes down to working hard..
Bullock faced stronger competition for a place in the team after signing with Brad Singleton and the return of George Burgess, Tony Klopp and Ben Flower’s fitness, as well as the strong form of the young strikers.
« I think the competition helped us move forward as a group ». « On the other days we were doing some training and I looked around and there was an abundance of mediators.
“That’s good, because nobody has a place nailed. If they think someone is giving us a better chance to win, then you miss the chance.
« But we have the right mix, there are some young players and we have the experienced players as well.
Their good performance propelled them to the top of the standings and a free pass to the semi-finals this week.
Defeat Hull tonight, and secure a place in the Grand Final. They lost, and their season was over.
Pollock said: « Even though we had a long breather in the first close, we felt this year was really long. ». « We started the pre-season on November 4 and so going for more than a year is crazy.
“When we got back, everyone was happy to be back in action and do the job they love – now we just want to finish it at the highest level.
“The year 2020 has been terrible for many people and we want some success, something to put some smiles on faces and something positive to remember by the year.
“People outside of the game say you can almost write off this season as if no one will remember it, but I think the opposite – I think everyone will remember this year.
“There are no crowds, no atmosphere but this epidemic will not be forgotten – and if we could be reminded of the team that did the work that year, it would be amazing.. We also have players who are retiring or moving, so it’s the last chance for this group to do something special.
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