BULLS winger Jamie Foster has revealed he is attracting interest from Aviva Premiership clubs as he ponders a potential code switch next season.
The former St Helens star says he loves life at Odsal but, with the Bulls’ Super League status now hanging by a thread following Friday’s heavy home defeat to Hull KR, Foster and a number of other players are weighing up their options.
With relegation looking increasingly likely, it remains to be seen which players will be offered deals to play in the Championship and who would be willing to stay.
Foster, who has not featured in the Bulls’ last four games, told the T&A: “I think other clubs understand the possibility of players becoming available at Bradford.
“We’re still not sure what’s going to happen with the points and whether Marc Green will take it to the High Court.
“It’s a tricky task to stay up but we still believe we can do it. That’s everyone’s focus but it’s always nice to have a bit of interest from other clubs.
“I’m fortunate enough that there has been a bit of interest and a few enquiries made, although I’m trying to keep fully focused on Bradford.
“It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity though, because your mind does drift when you’re sitting out every week. I don’t want my mind to drift but it has been tough.”
Foster boasts a fine goalkicking record and says he is not adverse to the prospect of switching codes to rugby union – and a significant increase in wages.
The 23-year-old explained: “The main interest I’ve had is from the other code. Rugby league is where my heart is but rugby union is where the salaries are – and that’s the truth.
“I’ve been kicking goals with a conversion rate of over 80 per cent for the last four years and maybe, with the balls they use in rugby union, I could improve on that further to maybe 90 per cent.
“Stephen Myler moved from rugby league and has done well at Northampton and Kyle Eastmond has done it too.
“I’ve not played union before but I would play wing or full back and have started watching it more regularly.”
Asked if he would consider staying with the Bulls should they be relegated, Foster said: “I think it would be tough.
“There are some lads who have played in some big games for some big teams and they’re only just approaching the peak of their career.
“If you’re one of the guys who have been there, done it and are just looking for a season to finish off, then you can understand them wanting to stay.
“But if you’re 23, 24 or 25 and have had a bit of interest, it’s going to be a case of playing Championship rugby or staying in Super League rugby with a better salary or switching codes.”
Meanwhile, managing director Steve Ferres said the Bulls had received an “overwhelming” response to the head coach vacancy, “both in terms of quality and quantity”.
Ferres added: “The level of interest clearly shows that the Bradford Bulls brand remains highly regarded throughout the rugby league world and beyond.
“There are plenty of candidates bidding to coach our team from across the globe, some with direct links to the club and others with none whatsoever.
“We have received a host of applications over the past few days and the quality of coaches applying suggest the club will be in a strong position moving forward.
“We must take the necessary time to appoint the right man for the job but we are mindful of acting swiftly on the matter.”