Former Bradford Bulls star Jamie Langley open to possible Odsal return

LANGLEY: The former Bulls star is weighing up his next move

LANGLEY: The former Bulls star is weighing up his next move

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JAMIE Langley says he remains keen to stay in Super League but admits he would be open to the prospect of a potential return to the Bulls should the opportunity arise.

The 30-year-old forward is searching for a new club after being told by Hull KR boss Chris Chester that he would not be offered a new contract.

Langley joined the Robins on a one-year deal in the off-season after 13 years at Bradford.

But injuries have limited him to just 11 appearances and he picked up a serious knee injury against Warrington last month that ended his season prematurely.

He successfully underwent surgery, however, and his agent is currently fielding interest from a number of Super League and Championship clubs.

Langley told the T&A: “I felt I started the season really well and was really enjoying my rugby until this injury occurred but I can understand their decision and it was nice to have that honesty from Chris.

“Obviously I was disappointed and would have liked to have stayed on because I felt as if I had some unfinished business there.

“But the good news is that my knee operation was a success and Dr Andrew Edwards, who operated on me and is our club doctor, is 100 per cent confident I will make a full recovery and come back stronger than ever.

“When you suffer an injury as a player, it gives you a drive and a goal to get back playing.

“My body is in great condition because I’ve always prided myself on looking after myself physically and mentally.”

Although Langley believes he is still capable of performing in Super League for another couple of years at least, he says the lure of a return to Bradford might be hard to resist.

With Bulls head coach Jimmy Lowes yet to appoint an assistant, Langley admits a player-coach role would be particularly appealing.

Langley has completed his level two coaching qualification, is a qualified sports masseuse and is currently working towards a strength and conditioning qualification.

He is also working towards his level three coaching qualification and will be assisting with the coaching at Hull KR for the rest of the season.

He added: “I’m passionate about the Bulls and always have been – I was at Bradford man and boy from leaving school and the club holds a place dear in my heart.

“If an opportunity arose where I could progress my career beyond playing, in a coaching or a development role, then it would be something I would seriously consider because you can’t play rugby league forever.

“At this stage of my career, I’d still love to play so if there was something where I could maybe combine the two roles that would be fantastic.

“Coaching is something I’ve always enjoyed and I’ve been fortunate to play under such fantastic coaches during my career.

“I’m really passionate and proud to have played for Bradford for so many years. I love the place and never wanted to leave.”

Langley is confident the Bulls will bounce back strongly from their relegation under Lowes, adding: “From the outside looking in, Jimmy seems to be doing a great job.

“Maybe going down to the Championship will be a blessing in disguise so they can start to rebuild from the ground up.”

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7:25am Wed 30 Jul 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

I would have Langers back at the Club in a heartbeat; he has more passion and pride in the shirt than the rest of our current squad put together.

He would be ideal in the playing/assistant coaching role.

there will be the usual comments on here about him being injury prone but then name one hard running forward that does not get injured ?

Prior to his knee injury at Hull Langers was playing some of his best rugby for seasons; plus we get to bring one of the best chants in Rugby back to the terraces.
I would have Langers back at the Club in a heartbeat; he has more passion and pride in the shirt than the rest of our current squad put together. He would be ideal in the playing/assistant coaching role. there will be the usual comments on here about him being injury prone but then name one hard running forward that does not get injured ? Prior to his knee injury at Hull Langers was playing some of his best rugby for seasons; plus we get to bring one of the best chants in Rugby back to the terraces. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 18

8:18am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

He'd make a great defensive coach.
He'd make a great defensive coach. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 15

8:37am Wed 30 Jul 14

Sad bull says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
He'd make a great defensive coach.
Totally agree. Our defence was always so much better with Langers on the field.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: He'd make a great defensive coach.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Our defence was always so much better with Langers on the field. Sad bull
  • Score: 9

8:48am Wed 30 Jul 14

bully4us says...

With the right contract I would jump at having him back. Yes he has had his problems but as Fed up says, he has more heart than most. Coaching and playing would be the best fit for me. If he got injured again he would become full time coach. If we got half a seasons games out of him that would be good. It would all come down to the terms of the contract as I wouldn't pay him "top" pay now - but a decent pay for doing both jobs - definitely.
With the right contract I would jump at having him back. Yes he has had his problems but as Fed up says, he has more heart than most. Coaching and playing would be the best fit for me. If he got injured again he would become full time coach. If we got half a seasons games out of him that would be good. It would all come down to the terms of the contract as I wouldn't pay him "top" pay now - but a decent pay for doing both jobs - definitely. bully4us
  • Score: 11

9:06am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

Not the best, but better than nas in my opinion.
Would still need 2 more "QUALITY" props.
Not the best, but better than nas in my opinion. Would still need 2 more "QUALITY" props. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 9

9:14am Wed 30 Jul 14

Mumby was the best says...

Would be good to have him back but only at a price that is right for the club, sentiment should not play a part. Maybe with his injury record a pay as you play contract.
Would be good to have him back but only at a price that is right for the club, sentiment should not play a part. Maybe with his injury record a pay as you play contract. Mumby was the best
  • Score: 9

9:35am Wed 30 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

Sentiment getting the better of some again.
Sentiment getting the better of some again. axelf1963
  • Score: -18

10:13am Wed 30 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Sentiment getting the better of some again.
Common sense more like! he was one the most loyal players ever to grace the Odsal turf. He was the most influencial defensive forward at the club, and with his qualifications he can only be an asset to our forward plan.
Was that Allied COLON's you work for???
Seems like it to me!
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Sentiment getting the better of some again.[/p][/quote]Common sense more like! he was one the most loyal players ever to grace the Odsal turf. He was the most influencial defensive forward at the club, and with his qualifications he can only be an asset to our forward plan. Was that Allied COLON's you work for??? Seems like it to me! raisemeup
  • Score: 8

10:32am Wed 30 Jul 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

As I've said a number of times the last few weeks Langley would be a perfect signing for us in the championship and agree with most of the posts above. Defensively he's been one of the clubs best, doesn't miss many tackles and he would be an ideal role model for the young players we have who will learn so much from him. Nothing to do with sentiment, he fits the bill perfectly and the club can be a springboard for a coaching career when he retires from playing, learning as he goes as assistant. Plus we would have some authority on the pitch and someone the players will listen to
As I've said a number of times the last few weeks Langley would be a perfect signing for us in the championship and agree with most of the posts above. Defensively he's been one of the clubs best, doesn't miss many tackles and he would be an ideal role model for the young players we have who will learn so much from him. Nothing to do with sentiment, he fits the bill perfectly and the club can be a springboard for a coaching career when he retires from playing, learning as he goes as assistant. Plus we would have some authority on the pitch and someone the players will listen to BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 11

10:55am Wed 30 Jul 14

Odsal53 says...

Fully agree if the price was right Jamie would be an asset. Whenever he was off the field for Bradford our defence was not as secure, when he was on the field he was atackling machine. True he got injured but if you go in where it hurts as regularly as he did it's inevatable. Brett Kearney goes into situations where he is going to get thumped (last Sunday was an example how the ref and linesman did not see it is beyond me). Jamie's passion for Bradford has never been in question. He could develope into a usefull prop. Karl Fairbank, Jeff Grayshon, Len Casey made that move up from the back row with great success.
Fully agree if the price was right Jamie would be an asset. Whenever he was off the field for Bradford our defence was not as secure, when he was on the field he was atackling machine. True he got injured but if you go in where it hurts as regularly as he did it's inevatable. Brett Kearney goes into situations where he is going to get thumped (last Sunday was an example how the ref and linesman did not see it is beyond me). Jamie's passion for Bradford has never been in question. He could develope into a usefull prop. Karl Fairbank, Jeff Grayshon, Len Casey made that move up from the back row with great success. Odsal53
  • Score: 6

12:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

franklyn says...

As a teenager he looked like he would be a superstar but unfortunately he didn't improve all that much.
He says his body is in great shape. It should be, he hasn't played half the games in the past 5/6 seasons.
Sorry but this would be a backward step when we need to be looking to the future. Just can't afford to have top paid players sat in the stand on match days.
I don't doubt his loyalty to the club but you just can' let sentiment cloud your judgement.
As a teenager he looked like he would be a superstar but unfortunately he didn't improve all that much. He says his body is in great shape. It should be, he hasn't played half the games in the past 5/6 seasons. Sorry but this would be a backward step when we need to be looking to the future. Just can't afford to have top paid players sat in the stand on match days. I don't doubt his loyalty to the club but you just can' let sentiment cloud your judgement. franklyn
  • Score: -1

12:16pm Wed 30 Jul 14

nosher says...

raisemeup wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Sentiment getting the better of some again.
Common sense more like! he was one the most loyal players ever to grace the Odsal turf. He was the most influencial defensive forward at the club, and with his qualifications he can only be an asset to our forward plan.
Was that Allied COLON's you work for???
Seems like it to me!
You lot should leave cliff alone he has had a tough night shift.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Sentiment getting the better of some again.[/p][/quote]Common sense more like! he was one the most loyal players ever to grace the Odsal turf. He was the most influencial defensive forward at the club, and with his qualifications he can only be an asset to our forward plan. Was that Allied COLON's you work for??? Seems like it to me![/p][/quote]You lot should leave cliff alone he has had a tough night shift. nosher
  • Score: -1

2:23pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Sad bull says...

franklyn wrote:
As a teenager he looked like he would be a superstar but unfortunately he didn't improve all that much.
He says his body is in great shape. It should be, he hasn't played half the games in the past 5/6 seasons.
Sorry but this would be a backward step when we need to be looking to the future. Just can't afford to have top paid players sat in the stand on match days.
I don't doubt his loyalty to the club but you just can' let sentiment cloud your judgement.
you clearly have no idea about what you are talking about. Nobody has mentioned him being a top paid player, but player / coach.

Fact - We are going into the championship and don't need and won't get superstars.

Fact - We are going to need players who can tackle correctly which an awful lot of the current squad can't. It is all about technique, not size and brute force.

Fact - Langley's was one of our best tacklers even in our hey day when we did have a team of superstars

Fact - If he can bring that technique back to the field of play and teach our youngsters how to do it, he will be worth every penny.

If a deal can be done we should do it !.
[quote][p][bold]franklyn[/bold] wrote: As a teenager he looked like he would be a superstar but unfortunately he didn't improve all that much. He says his body is in great shape. It should be, he hasn't played half the games in the past 5/6 seasons. Sorry but this would be a backward step when we need to be looking to the future. Just can't afford to have top paid players sat in the stand on match days. I don't doubt his loyalty to the club but you just can' let sentiment cloud your judgement.[/p][/quote]you clearly have no idea about what you are talking about. Nobody has mentioned him being a top paid player, but player / coach. Fact - We are going into the championship and don't need and won't get superstars. Fact - We are going to need players who can tackle correctly which an awful lot of the current squad can't. It is all about technique, not size and brute force. Fact - Langley's was one of our best tacklers even in our hey day when we did have a team of superstars Fact - If he can bring that technique back to the field of play and teach our youngsters how to do it, he will be worth every penny. If a deal can be done we should do it !. Sad bull
  • Score: 8

4:03pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Paul from Idle says...

I would sign him on the condition he got an haircut...
I would sign him on the condition he got an haircut... Paul from Idle
  • Score: 2

6:14pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Kellington Bull says...

I'd most certainly offer him the post as defensive coach but not as a player coach. I'm sure he could play a vital role in that position. He's Bradford through and through, those are the type of persons we should be encouraging.
I'd most certainly offer him the post as defensive coach but not as a player coach. I'm sure he could play a vital role in that position. He's Bradford through and through, those are the type of persons we should be encouraging. Kellington Bull
  • Score: 3

7:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

FACT: You broke the salary cap on several occasions and now you've got exactly what you deserved.

FACT: You never won a trophy without cheating.

FACT: Your attendances next season will be so poor you will be bankrupt (again).

FACT: Your trip to Headingley this week will be your last for a very long time.

FACT: Your going to the Championship while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come.

Have a nice life bullocks.

FOYB!!!
FACT: You broke the salary cap on several occasions and now you've got exactly what you deserved. FACT: You never won a trophy without cheating. FACT: Your attendances next season will be so poor you will be bankrupt (again). FACT: Your trip to Headingley this week will be your last for a very long time. FACT: Your going to the Championship while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come. Have a nice life bullocks. FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: -2

12:47am Thu 31 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

Qualifications ?
Qualifications ? axelf1963
  • Score: 0

3:49am Thu 31 Jul 14

City86 says...

FACT:Typical Leeds moron,shock!
FACT:Typical Leeds moron,shock! City86
  • Score: -1

12:08pm Thu 31 Jul 14

franklyn says...

Sad bull wrote:
franklyn wrote:
As a teenager he looked like he would be a superstar but unfortunately he didn't improve all that much.
He says his body is in great shape. It should be, he hasn't played half the games in the past 5/6 seasons.
Sorry but this would be a backward step when we need to be looking to the future. Just can't afford to have top paid players sat in the stand on match days.
I don't doubt his loyalty to the club but you just can' let sentiment cloud your judgement.
you clearly have no idea about what you are talking about. Nobody has mentioned him being a top paid player, but player / coach.

Fact - We are going into the championship and don't need and won't get superstars.

Fact - We are going to need players who can tackle correctly which an awful lot of the current squad can't. It is all about technique, not size and brute force.

Fact - Langley's was one of our best tacklers even in our hey day when we did have a team of superstars

Fact - If he can bring that technique back to the field of play and teach our youngsters how to do it, he will be worth every penny.

If a deal can be done we should do it !.
Oh i see. Anyone who doesn't agree with you doesn't know what the are talking about. Just what are your qualifications for this big head attitude?
I simply give an opinion and that's your response.
I KNOW WHAT MY QUALIFICATIONS ARE, but wouldn't dream of telling someone of your obvious far greater knowledge of the game my humble opinion. Sorry i spoke out of turn.
[quote][p][bold]Sad bull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]franklyn[/bold] wrote: As a teenager he looked like he would be a superstar but unfortunately he didn't improve all that much. He says his body is in great shape. It should be, he hasn't played half the games in the past 5/6 seasons. Sorry but this would be a backward step when we need to be looking to the future. Just can't afford to have top paid players sat in the stand on match days. I don't doubt his loyalty to the club but you just can' let sentiment cloud your judgement.[/p][/quote]you clearly have no idea about what you are talking about. Nobody has mentioned him being a top paid player, but player / coach. Fact - We are going into the championship and don't need and won't get superstars. Fact - We are going to need players who can tackle correctly which an awful lot of the current squad can't. It is all about technique, not size and brute force. Fact - Langley's was one of our best tacklers even in our hey day when we did have a team of superstars Fact - If he can bring that technique back to the field of play and teach our youngsters how to do it, he will be worth every penny. If a deal can be done we should do it !.[/p][/quote]Oh i see. Anyone who doesn't agree with you doesn't know what the are talking about. Just what are your qualifications for this big head attitude? I simply give an opinion and that's your response. I KNOW WHAT MY QUALIFICATIONS ARE, but wouldn't dream of telling someone of your obvious far greater knowledge of the game my humble opinion. Sorry i spoke out of turn. franklyn
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Fri 1 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

Worstbus wrote:
FACT: You broke the salary cap on several occasions and now you've got exactly what you deserved.

FACT: You never won a trophy without cheating.

FACT: Your attendances next season will be so poor you will be bankrupt (again).

FACT: Your trip to Headingley this week will be your last for a very long time.

FACT: Your going to the Championship while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come.

Have a nice life bullocks.

FOYB!!!
FACT. You spend much of your time and energy following the Bulls. Who's the daft one?
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: FACT: You broke the salary cap on several occasions and now you've got exactly what you deserved. FACT: You never won a trophy without cheating. FACT: Your attendances next season will be so poor you will be bankrupt (again). FACT: Your trip to Headingley this week will be your last for a very long time. FACT: Your going to the Championship while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come. Have a nice life bullocks. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]FACT. You spend much of your time and energy following the Bulls. Who's the daft one? bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

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