I see my future at Bradford Bulls, even if I retire, says Matt Diksin

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Matt Diskin has got some important decisions to make in the weeks to come Matt Diskin has got some important decisions to make in the weeks to come

MATT Diskin has applauded the appointment of Jimmy Lowes and says he is keen to stay at Bradford in some capacity beyond the end of this season.

Bulls skipper Diskin will make a decision on whether to hang up his boots in the next few weeks but is also open to the prospect of taking up a coaching role – possibly as Lowes’ assistant.

Lowes was unveiled as head coach on Monday and has still to appoint a number two.

Diskin, who took charge on a caretaker basis during last week’s home defeat to Hull KR, said: “There is no decision yet about whether I will play on next season.

“I need to sit down with Jimmy and the management to see what their thoughts are and see where I am myself physically and mentally.

“I will then sit down with my family and make a decision from there, which will come around July or August.

“It will not be based on division we are in – it will depend on whether there is a place at the club for me still and is my body capable of doing another year?

“At the moment that’s questionable because going week to week with painkilling injections isn’t a very constructive way to live life. I’ve got a fair few things to weigh up.”

The 32-year-old was reluctant to take the reins after Francis Cummins was sacked but said he enjoyed preparing the team for last Friday’s game.

Asked about the prospect of taking a coaching role at Odsal, Diskin said: “I’ve found my love for the game again since I’ve been at Bradford, which is bizarre when you consider how bad all the adversity has been.

“Towards the end of my time at Leeds I wasn’t enjoying my rugby but I came to Bradford and rediscovered my love for the game.

“It has been a fantastic sport which has helped me to achieve so many things in life.

“I don’t want to turn my back on it. I want to stay involved and help other people to do the best they can in their careers.

“Hopefully that can be at Bradford but you never know.

“I would like to stay here in some capacity but that’s not choice or my decision – it’s for the hierarchy to decide.

“The reasons I was reluctant to take temporary charge is that I was coming in on the back of the sacking of two quality people in Franny and Lee St Hilaire, which wasn’t ideal.

“Franny is a fantastic individual and a fantastic coach. He got a bit of a raw deal at the end but, as a group of players, we have nothing but thanks for him and Lee.

“I gave it my all last week, I put in a lot of hours of preparation with video and forming a game-plan, and I really enjoyed it.”

Diskin is fit and raring to go this weekend as Lowes takes charge of the Bulls for the first time at Warrington.

Diskin, who crossed swords with Lowes during Leeds-Bradford derbies, said: “From my teenage years as an aspiring hooker, Jimmy was one of the players I looked up to – very clever, very tough and a good example for any young professional.

“You look at the candidates for the job and I think Jimmy is the right man.

“He’s a young ambitious coach with Bradford at his heart. He wants to rebuild this club and he cares.

“He’s had a really good grounding over the last five to six years, so he ticks all the boxes.

“He had a brief taste of being a Super League head coach at Warrington, he’s worked under other coaches and has formed his own philosophy on coaching.

“As a group of players that’s something we’re looking forward to finding out about in the next few weeks.”

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7:51am Fri 27 Jun 14

1964gc says...

Enter diskin the assistant......
Enter diskin the assistant...... 1964gc
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8:05am Fri 27 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

The only position I would give him is a place on the turnstiles. He has been a total waste of money from the day he arrived as a Leeds reject. He's not fit to lace Jimmy's boots. He has been critical of management and had the gall to opine about who the club should appoint as coach. Now, he is suggesting that he could be assistant coach when he has stated he was a reluctant caretaker coach. Diskin has been on the gravy train at Odsal too long. He was one of Cummins' confidantes. He is all that is bad at the club. Please show him the door and let him ply his trade at Hunslet.
The only position I would give him is a place on the turnstiles. He has been a total waste of money from the day he arrived as a Leeds reject. He's not fit to lace Jimmy's boots. He has been critical of management and had the gall to opine about who the club should appoint as coach. Now, he is suggesting that he could be assistant coach when he has stated he was a reluctant caretaker coach. Diskin has been on the gravy train at Odsal too long. He was one of Cummins' confidantes. He is all that is bad at the club. Please show him the door and let him ply his trade at Hunslet. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 0

8:07am Fri 27 Jun 14

Scrouge says...

Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.
Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again. Scrouge
  • Score: 4

8:29am Fri 27 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

The Fat Lady Sings wrote:
The only position I would give him is a place on the turnstiles. He has been a total waste of money from the day he arrived as a Leeds reject. He's not fit to lace Jimmy's boots. He has been critical of management and had the gall to opine about who the club should appoint as coach. Now, he is suggesting that he could be assistant coach when he has stated he was a reluctant caretaker coach. Diskin has been on the gravy train at Odsal too long. He was one of Cummins' confidantes. He is all that is bad at the club. Please show him the door and let him ply his trade at Hunslet.
Do you actually watch the bulls? Every game this season when he's not been on the pitch we've looked a lot worse. Take the last game, we were looking OK in the first half until he went off, then we just looked rudderless and Hull KR took full advantage.

I think he could do a great job for us next year in championship.
[quote][p][bold]The Fat Lady Sings[/bold] wrote: The only position I would give him is a place on the turnstiles. He has been a total waste of money from the day he arrived as a Leeds reject. He's not fit to lace Jimmy's boots. He has been critical of management and had the gall to opine about who the club should appoint as coach. Now, he is suggesting that he could be assistant coach when he has stated he was a reluctant caretaker coach. Diskin has been on the gravy train at Odsal too long. He was one of Cummins' confidantes. He is all that is bad at the club. Please show him the door and let him ply his trade at Hunslet.[/p][/quote]Do you actually watch the bulls? Every game this season when he's not been on the pitch we've looked a lot worse. Take the last game, we were looking OK in the first half until he went off, then we just looked rudderless and Hull KR took full advantage. I think he could do a great job for us next year in championship. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 19

8:32am Fri 27 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Scrouge wrote:
Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.
Same to you, see previous posts. To many people on here don't know much about the game.

Oh, and by the way, he doesn't need rugby to earn a living, if you knew anything, you'd know he has a pretty successful property business.
[quote][p][bold]Scrouge[/bold] wrote: Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.[/p][/quote]Same to you, see previous posts. To many people on here don't know much about the game. Oh, and by the way, he doesn't need rugby to earn a living, if you knew anything, you'd know he has a pretty successful property business. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 9

8:37am Fri 27 Jun 14

bully4us says...

I think he has played well this year. He has tackled everything and done more organisational work than the halves at times.
Having said that, I would not appoint another hooker as assistant. My choice would still be the likes of Morrison or Calland but it appears they are happy being part time where they are. How about asking Langley if he fancies moving into coaching and being our forwards coach as he must be nearing the end of his career after his latest serious injury - just a thought!
I think he has played well this year. He has tackled everything and done more organisational work than the halves at times. Having said that, I would not appoint another hooker as assistant. My choice would still be the likes of Morrison or Calland but it appears they are happy being part time where they are. How about asking Langley if he fancies moving into coaching and being our forwards coach as he must be nearing the end of his career after his latest serious injury - just a thought! bully4us
  • Score: 1

8:39am Fri 27 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

I actually thought Diskin steadied the team and directed to some extent. We need some of the more experienced guys to help us through this difficult patch when we don't actually know what is going to happen! Often when Diskin went of the field we seemed to loose our cohesion.
I actually thought Diskin steadied the team and directed to some extent. We need some of the more experienced guys to help us through this difficult patch when we don't actually know what is going to happen! Often when Diskin went of the field we seemed to loose our cohesion. raisemeup
  • Score: 9

8:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

Tell_Titus says...

I see Disko as a part time player/assistant coach this year with a view to taking up the assitant role full time at the end of the season.

He and Jimmy had some good battles over the years. Who'd have thought we'd see them potentially coaching the Bulls together?
I see Disko as a part time player/assistant coach this year with a view to taking up the assitant role full time at the end of the season. He and Jimmy had some good battles over the years. Who'd have thought we'd see them potentially coaching the Bulls together? Tell_Titus
  • Score: 0

9:05am Fri 27 Jun 14

Bowlingboy says...

Diskin isn't a bad player,
But not really upto it anymore,
His is the best option we have had in that position this year but that isnt saying a great deal,
I do however think O Brian is worth hanging onto as with Jimmy's guidance could learn a lot and be class,
Also I don't think having two hookers as coaches is a good Idea, would be better with a back to bring something to table attack wise or a mean forward for defence...
Diskin isn't a bad player, But not really upto it anymore, His is the best option we have had in that position this year but that isnt saying a great deal, I do however think O Brian is worth hanging onto as with Jimmy's guidance could learn a lot and be class, Also I don't think having two hookers as coaches is a good Idea, would be better with a back to bring something to table attack wise or a mean forward for defence... Bowlingboy
  • Score: 3

9:53am Fri 27 Jun 14

Paul from Idle says...

I think Naylor would be a good option, seems a no nonsense sort of guy...
I think Naylor would be a good option, seems a no nonsense sort of guy... Paul from Idle
  • Score: 5

10:12am Fri 27 Jun 14

Scrouge says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Scrouge wrote:
Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.
Same to you, see previous posts. To many people on here don't know much about the game.

Oh, and by the way, he doesn't need rugby to earn a living, if you knew anything, you'd know he has a pretty successful property business.
Good for him. Is that why he always looks knackered when he is on the pitch.
Time up, go and play at his business and let someone who is a qualified Coach do the job. bye bye .
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scrouge[/bold] wrote: Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.[/p][/quote]Same to you, see previous posts. To many people on here don't know much about the game. Oh, and by the way, he doesn't need rugby to earn a living, if you knew anything, you'd know he has a pretty successful property business.[/p][/quote]Good for him. Is that why he always looks knackered when he is on the pitch. Time up, go and play at his business and let someone who is a qualified Coach do the job. bye bye . Scrouge
  • Score: 1

10:16am Fri 27 Jun 14

Videoref says...

Bowlingboy wrote:
Diskin isn't a bad player,
But not really upto it anymore,
His is the best option we have had in that position this year but that isnt saying a great deal,
I do however think O Brian is worth hanging onto as with Jimmy's guidance could learn a lot and be class,
Also I don't think having two hookers as coaches is a good Idea, would be better with a back to bring something to table attack wise or a mean forward for defence...
You been plagerising my posts?
[quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: Diskin isn't a bad player, But not really upto it anymore, His is the best option we have had in that position this year but that isnt saying a great deal, I do however think O Brian is worth hanging onto as with Jimmy's guidance could learn a lot and be class, Also I don't think having two hookers as coaches is a good Idea, would be better with a back to bring something to table attack wise or a mean forward for defence...[/p][/quote]You been plagerising my posts? Videoref
  • Score: -4

10:33am Fri 27 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Scrouge wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Scrouge wrote:
Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.
Same to you, see previous posts. To many people on here don't know much about the game.

Oh, and by the way, he doesn't need rugby to earn a living, if you knew anything, you'd know he has a pretty successful property business.
Good for him. Is that why he always looks knackered when he is on the pitch.
Time up, go and play at his business and let someone who is a qualified Coach do the job. bye bye .
We're a better team with him on the pitch!

all the players look knackered. Lowes' first job is tog et them fitter.
[quote][p][bold]Scrouge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scrouge[/bold] wrote: Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.[/p][/quote]Same to you, see previous posts. To many people on here don't know much about the game. Oh, and by the way, he doesn't need rugby to earn a living, if you knew anything, you'd know he has a pretty successful property business.[/p][/quote]Good for him. Is that why he always looks knackered when he is on the pitch. Time up, go and play at his business and let someone who is a qualified Coach do the job. bye bye .[/p][/quote]We're a better team with him on the pitch! all the players look knackered. Lowes' first job is tog et them fitter. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 3

10:46am Fri 27 Jun 14

bantam1911 says...

Who is Matt Diksin!!
Who is Matt Diksin!! bantam1911
  • Score: 1

11:31am Fri 27 Jun 14

Bowlingboy says...

Videoref wrote:
Bowlingboy wrote:
Diskin isn't a bad player,
But not really upto it anymore,
His is the best option we have had in that position this year but that isnt saying a great deal,
I do however think O Brian is worth hanging onto as with Jimmy's guidance could learn a lot and be class,
Also I don't think having two hookers as coaches is a good Idea, would be better with a back to bring something to table attack wise or a mean forward for defence...
You been plagerising my posts?
???
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: Diskin isn't a bad player, But not really upto it anymore, His is the best option we have had in that position this year but that isnt saying a great deal, I do however think O Brian is worth hanging onto as with Jimmy's guidance could learn a lot and be class, Also I don't think having two hookers as coaches is a good Idea, would be better with a back to bring something to table attack wise or a mean forward for defence...[/p][/quote]You been plagerising my posts?[/p][/quote]??? Bowlingboy
  • Score: -1

2:29pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Out of site says...

Get away from the bulls as fast as you can,no need to spoil a career by ending up being a loser.
Get away from the bulls as fast as you can,no need to spoil a career by ending up being a loser. Out of site
  • Score: -3

2:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

kaye82 says...

If we go down next year we need players like diskin to stay on
If we go down next year we need players like diskin to stay on kaye82
  • Score: 5

3:12pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Andybulls says...

There are some real vitriolic comments on here!

I want to say how pleased I am that Mr Green is taking on the RFL, it might seem like money that could be spent on the team, but it is about time the game challenged amateurs running a professional game. If he is spending a potential £150K (if we lose and have to pay the RFL costs), then I am sure there will be money for players Dr Khoukash has even come out and applauded this. Mr Green has gone up in my estimation he has principles good on him!
There are some real vitriolic comments on here! I want to say how pleased I am that Mr Green is taking on the RFL, it might seem like money that could be spent on the team, but it is about time the game challenged amateurs running a professional game. If he is spending a potential £150K (if we lose and have to pay the RFL costs), then I am sure there will be money for players Dr Khoukash has even come out and applauded this. Mr Green has gone up in my estimation he has principles good on him! Andybulls
  • Score: 10

3:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Out of site says...

kaye82 wrote:
If we go down next year we need players like diskin to stay on
There's no ifs and you will be lucky to get sooty and sweep to play for this poorly run outfit.
[quote][p][bold]kaye82[/bold] wrote: If we go down next year we need players like diskin to stay on[/p][/quote]There's no ifs and you will be lucky to get sooty and sweep to play for this poorly run outfit. Out of site
  • Score: -7

4:13pm Fri 27 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Still dodging working for a living out of site.Time you left wetherspoons and got a job.
Still dodging working for a living out of site.Time you left wetherspoons and got a job. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

4:52pm Fri 27 Jun 14

1964gc says...

Out of site wrote:
kaye82 wrote:
If we go down next year we need players like diskin to stay on
There's no ifs and you will be lucky to get sooty and sweep to play for this poorly run outfit.
well you picked the right name

out of site ..


out of mind!
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kaye82[/bold] wrote: If we go down next year we need players like diskin to stay on[/p][/quote]There's no ifs and you will be lucky to get sooty and sweep to play for this poorly run outfit.[/p][/quote]well you picked the right name out of site .. out of mind! 1964gc
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Out of site says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Still dodging working for a living out of site.Time you left wetherspoons and got a job.
Just got up tax dodger?
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Still dodging working for a living out of site.Time you left wetherspoons and got a job.[/p][/quote]Just got up tax dodger? Out of site
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

As I said,get a job.
As I said,get a job. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

7:01pm Fri 27 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
The Fat Lady Sings wrote:
The only position I would give him is a place on the turnstiles. He has been a total waste of money from the day he arrived as a Leeds reject. He's not fit to lace Jimmy's boots. He has been critical of management and had the gall to opine about who the club should appoint as coach. Now, he is suggesting that he could be assistant coach when he has stated he was a reluctant caretaker coach. Diskin has been on the gravy train at Odsal too long. He was one of Cummins' confidantes. He is all that is bad at the club. Please show him the door and let him ply his trade at Hunslet.
Do you actually watch the bulls? Every game this season when he's not been on the pitch we've looked a lot worse. Take the last game, we were looking OK in the first half until he went off, then we just looked rudderless and Hull KR took full advantage.

I think he could do a great job for us next year in championship.
I do watch the Bulls. And whilst Diskin has been, occasionally, marginally better than the dross that has been served up by others, he is a Cummins boy, has been critical of management and is definitely not worth what we are paying him. He has also said he is disinterested in coaching at Odsal. Why the change of heart? If he has a successful business then my advice is to spend all his time developing that avenue. He was bad news at Headingley, he is bad news at Odsal. Time for a clear-out and he should be heading the list.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Fat Lady Sings[/bold] wrote: The only position I would give him is a place on the turnstiles. He has been a total waste of money from the day he arrived as a Leeds reject. He's not fit to lace Jimmy's boots. He has been critical of management and had the gall to opine about who the club should appoint as coach. Now, he is suggesting that he could be assistant coach when he has stated he was a reluctant caretaker coach. Diskin has been on the gravy train at Odsal too long. He was one of Cummins' confidantes. He is all that is bad at the club. Please show him the door and let him ply his trade at Hunslet.[/p][/quote]Do you actually watch the bulls? Every game this season when he's not been on the pitch we've looked a lot worse. Take the last game, we were looking OK in the first half until he went off, then we just looked rudderless and Hull KR took full advantage. I think he could do a great job for us next year in championship.[/p][/quote]I do watch the Bulls. And whilst Diskin has been, occasionally, marginally better than the dross that has been served up by others, he is a Cummins boy, has been critical of management and is definitely not worth what we are paying him. He has also said he is disinterested in coaching at Odsal. Why the change of heart? If he has a successful business then my advice is to spend all his time developing that avenue. He was bad news at Headingley, he is bad news at Odsal. Time for a clear-out and he should be heading the list. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: -2

7:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Scrouge wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Scrouge wrote: Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.
Same to you, see previous posts. To many people on here don't know much about the game. Oh, and by the way, he doesn't need rugby to earn a living, if you knew anything, you'd know he has a pretty successful property business.
Good for him. Is that why he always looks knackered when he is on the pitch. Time up, go and play at his business and let someone who is a qualified Coach do the job. bye bye .
We're a better team with him on the pitch! all the players look knackered. Lowes' first job is tog et them fitter.
Maybe now the table tennis table has been removed from training facility at Lowes request they may get fitter.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scrouge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scrouge[/bold] wrote: Oh what a load of tosh. What will Franny and Katy think? Just go to show that looking after number one is the name of the game. Playing days were over long since get rid and clear the old guys out. Start again.[/p][/quote]Same to you, see previous posts. To many people on here don't know much about the game. Oh, and by the way, he doesn't need rugby to earn a living, if you knew anything, you'd know he has a pretty successful property business.[/p][/quote]Good for him. Is that why he always looks knackered when he is on the pitch. Time up, go and play at his business and let someone who is a qualified Coach do the job. bye bye .[/p][/quote]We're a better team with him on the pitch! all the players look knackered. Lowes' first job is tog et them fitter.[/p][/quote]Maybe now the table tennis table has been removed from training facility at Lowes request they may get fitter. axelf1963
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Fri 27 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
As I said,get a job.
You bringing all that tax money over Spangles to get beers in ? Nosher WILL defo turn up then :-)
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: As I said,get a job.[/p][/quote]You bringing all that tax money over Spangles to get beers in ? Nosher WILL defo turn up then :-) axelf1963
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Fri 27 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

I will you both a beer anytime Axel and nosher.Quite enjoy the banter with you two.Cannot afford to take life so seriously like some posters.Win or lose,we will have some booze,good motto.
I will you both a beer anytime Axel and nosher.Quite enjoy the banter with you two.Cannot afford to take life so seriously like some posters.Win or lose,we will have some booze,good motto. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -1

9:12pm Fri 27 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

That should have said buy you both a beer anytime Axelf.
That should have said buy you both a beer anytime Axelf. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -1

9:54am Sat 28 Jun 14

Out of site says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
As I said,get a job.
Got a job same one for last 20 years.hope I haven't woken you up,if I have put your dummy back in you will soon nod off.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: As I said,get a job.[/p][/quote]Got a job same one for last 20 years.hope I haven't woken you up,if I have put your dummy back in you will soon nod off. Out of site
  • Score: -1
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