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Jamie Langley prepares for life after Bradford Bulls
Jamie Langley believes he can continue playing in Super League for “another three to four years” as he prepares to bid an emotional farewell to the Bulls this evening.
The visit of leaders Huddersfield is set to be Langley’s final appearance for the club where he has spent his entire career, having joined from Normanton Knights as a 16-year-old after leaving school.
The contracts of Langley, Michael Platt and Keith Lulia expire at the end of the season and all three players are set to feature in today’s televised clash before the club make an on-pitch presentation to the trio.
Academy graduate Jobe Murphy is also poised for pastures new after being told he will not be handed a new deal, while Langley admits his own future is uncertain.
The 29-year-old forward, who has been linked with Castleford and Hull KR, said: “I’ve got to speak to other clubs about my future and I’m negotiating with a few at the moment.
“We’ll see how it goes after this weekend but there’s nothing imminent and it’s not something you can rush into because it’s a massive decision.
“But I’d like to go on for at least another three to four years at Super League level.
“I’m still playing well and I’m in good shape, so I see no reason why I can’t do that. Hopefully I can get as many years out of the game as I physically can.”
There will be more than a tinge of sadness at the final whistle as Langley contemplates a future away from Bradford.
Langley, whose parents and girlfriend Rosie are set to be in the stands to support him this evening, said: “I’ve been at Bradford as man and boy since I was 16.
“I made my debut at 18 and I’ve loved every minute of it, right through all the highs and lows.
“There have been some low points, with last year probably being the lowest, but I’ve played with so many great players and been coached by a lot of great coaches.
“I’ve met a lot of great people too – fans and staff alike – throughout the years who have become close friends. It could be an emotional one this weekend.”
Langley helped the Bulls to Grand Final glory in 2005 and World Club Challenge wins over Penrith in 2004 and Wests Tigers in 2006.
He said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to play in a lot of great teams at Bradford.
“But some of my fondest memories are from my earliest years when I played in the Academy under Bernard Dwyer.
“He was my first coach and I always held him in the highest regard throughout my career because I learnt a lot from Bernard.
“I was fortunate enough to play in some good England Academy sides as captain when we beat the Australians.
“I played in two Grand Finals, winning one in 2005, and it doesn’t get any better than that really.
“We then had the two World Club Challenges against Wests Tigers and Penrith.
“Being a part of that was phenomenal and when I look back over my career I can get the medals out, dust them off and hopefully show my grandkids one day. They are the sort of moments that you hold dear.”
Langley said he has turned down opportunities elsewhere during his 13-year-stay at Bradford.
“I’ve had plenty of opportunities to leave throughout my career and some great offers when my contract has been up for renewal,” he said.
“Most of the offers have been for more money than I was on at Bradford but it’s never really been about the money for me.
“As long as I can support myself and my family, that’s what matters.
“I’ve just never really seen myself playing for another club because I’ve loved Bradford from day one.
“I’ve always taken it personally that I wanted to stay at the club and be here when it started to return to the heights I enjoyed as a young player.
“It’s been a bit of a personal vendetta of mine to do that and hopefully the club is finally getting back there now.”
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