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Jamie Langley joins Hull KR after Bradford Bulls release
Jamie Langley last night completed a move to Hull KR following his recent departure from the Bulls and admitted: “It just felt right.”
The 29-year-old forward ended his long association with Bradford at the end of the season when he left the club along with Michael Platt, Keith Lulia and Jobe Murphy.
He has signed a one-year deal with Craig Sandercock’s men with the option for a second year and spoke of his confidence that the Robins, who pipped the Bulls to the final Super League play-off spot, can emerge as a serious force next term.
Langley said: “When I came to Hull KR and sat down to speak to coach Craig Sandercock, it felt like the right place for me.
“I was very impressed with Craig, his enthusiasm for the job, his vision of where he wanted to take the club and his meticulous attention to detail.
“He immediately struck me as my kind of coach and we clicked straight away. I also did my research and spoke to players who have played under Craig and all spoke highly of him.
“It just felt right and, in my opinion, Hull KR are a club on the up.”
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 had made his debut in 2002 and became a mainstay in the side and a popular figure with supporters.
Coach Francis Cummins opted not to offer him a new deal when his existing contract expired but Langley is relishing the new challenge at Craven Park.
Sandercock has seen his squad hit by the departures of playmaker Michael Dobson and key forward Mickey Paea.
But Michael Weyman, Neville Costigan and Kris Keating will all arrive from the NRL and Langley is confident about their prospects for 2014.
He said: “I think the club has that stability off the field now and has the potential to really push on. It’s a club on the rise. They have already added some high-quality players for next season.
“Michael Weyman and myself go way back to the days when he captained Australia schoolboys and I captained England. We had some great battles and he is a great addition.
“Neville Costigan is another no-nonsense player with great experience from the NRL and he will lead from the front and not take a backwards step.
“Yes, the loss of Mickey Paea was a big one, but I am certain these two will fill that void and hopefully I can bring my experience to the table too.
“Michael Dobson is obviously also a big loss but in Kris Keating, Rovers have brought a quality replacement in.”
As one of the longest-serving players in Super League, Langley commands respect and is hoping his experience will rub off on Sandercock’s squad.
He said: “I will be happy to take some of the young guys under my wing and help them improve. I think that’s part of the job of the experienced pros.
“I like the coaching aspect of the game and video analysis and the detail of how the sport is changing. I think that is why I clicked with Craig straight away. He leaves nothing to chance.”
Langley recently voiced his belief that he can continue playing for “another three or four years”.
He added last night: “I’d like to think there are a few years left in me yet and hopefully, if things go as planned, I could stay at Rovers for a few years.
“Obviously it all depends on how things go on and off the field. But my partner is finishing university and there may be an opportunity for her to work in Hull, so that could see us move over and live there rather than commuting, which will help.
“There is a good feeling about the place. The supporters are passionate and I’m sure I will enjoy my rugby there. I just can’t wait to throw myself at it now.”
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