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Bradford Bulls: Tom Olbison tribute to mate and mentor Jamie Langley
Langley, who came through Bradford’s Academy, has penned a one-year-deal to join Hull KR for next season after not being offered fresh terms to stay at the Provident Stadium.
And Olbison, who also came through the Bulls’ junior ranks, was saddened to see such an icon leave the club.
He said: “I’ve been at the club for six or seven years now and to have Langers round you as a young lad when you’re coming through the system with his professionalism is massive for everyone at the club.
“It’s very sad for me personally to lose someone like him and it will be a tough task to replace someone of that calibre.
“We travelled together every day as well and it’s hard not to get close to someone when you do that. To lose that banter on our trips to training will be a bit of a loss for me and the lads.”
Olbison featured in the majority of Francis Cummins’ line-ups this season and signed a two-year contract extension midway through the campaign.
The 22-year-old second-rower, who made his debut against Warrington back in 2009, was satisfied with how his year went.
He added: “I would have liked to have been involved a little bit more but with injuries and your performances it doesn’t always work out like that.
“I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t play in all the games but I played in a fair few and I’ve signed a new deal so I’m more than happy with how my season has gone.
“My main goal personally now is to try and get that starting spot and hopefully I can perform well in pre-season and lay a marker down for that.
“Obviously Elliott (Whitehead) has gone and Dale (Ferguson) is coming in and maybe more so the competition is still up there so I’ll have to be up for it in pre-season and be all guns blazing for next year.”
Olbison now believes that the Bulls have to get into the play-offs, something which he has not tasted in his career so far.
“Without doubt our target for next year is to get in the top eight,” he said.
“If we don’t have ambition to be in there then there’s no point playing this game.
“We’ve simply got to make them this year because if we don’t we’ve failed and that’s not good enough.
“All the lads just want to fire straight back into the thick of it. There will be a few sore bodies after the first couple of weeks but after that we’ll be on our way.”
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