Adam O'Brien: I would like to stay at Bradford even if we go down (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Adam O'Brien: I would like to stay at Bradford even if we go down
ADAM O’Brien admits he would almost certainly look to stay loyal to the Bulls even if they are relegated to the Championship.
The highly-rated hooker’s contract runs for another two years but would become null and void if the club drop out of Super League.
That fate looks increasingly likely, with Jimmy Lowes’ side nine points adrift of safety with nine games remaining.
O’Brien, who has progressed through the ranks at Odsal before making his debut in March 2011, said: “I’m still contracted for another two years in Super League but I don’t know what would happen if we went down.
“I definitely want to stay with the club depending on what happens at the end of the year.
“I’m not looking that far ahead yet because we still have games to fight for.
“But if it happens and we go down then I’ll be looking to stay if the club still want me.”
O’Brien is one of several Bradford players waiting to hear if they will be offered contracts by the club for next season in the event of relegation.
With Matt Diskin yet to announce whether he plans to play on beyond this season, O’Brien could emerge as the Bulls’ first-choice hooker next year.
He believes playing under Lowes can only benefit his game and added: “It’s going to be a big thing for me having a hooker as my head coach.
“I learnt a lot from Heath (L’Estrange) when he was here and I’m still learning from Disko as well.
“I remember watching Super League growing up as a young lad and Jimmy was one of the best hookers around at the time.
“We’ve had a good first week with him in charge.
“I’ve enjoyed the training so far, it has been intense, and he gave me some game-time at Warrington on Sunday.
“I am happy with that, so hopefully I can keep getting in his seventeen every week and do the same next year as well.
“I’ve been enjoying myself for the past few weeks.
“I had that break when I didn’t manage to make the team against Wakefield, but I think the week off revived me a little bit.
“I’ve been going well since and am really enjoying my rugby. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
O'Brien admits the Bulls face a huge task to avoid the drop but says they will keep fighting to the bitter end.
He added: “It’s not looking good because we’re in the bottom two and we’ve got to win probably all our remaining games to survive.
“It’s going to be tough because we play all the top teams between now and the end of the season.
“We’ve got to have the attitude that we will keep on fighting to ensure the fans stay behind us.
“We’ve got to keep putting performances in week in and week out and if we go down, we go down fighting.
“We don’t give in and that’s the attitude we’ve got to have.”
Meanwhile, supporters trust BullBuilder, who are staging a race night at Odsal tomorrow, have backed the appointment of Lowes.
“Jimmy was a legend as a Bulls player,” said BullBuilder chairman Mike Farren.
“He was at the heart – indeed, you could argue that he was the heart – of the most successful period in the club’s history.
“Though our position and our immediate ambitions are a little more modest right now, we hope that he can instil some of the same determination and will to succeed into the team, now and in the future.”
* Leon Pryce will join Hull FC next season after turning down the opportunity to make an emotional return to the Bulls.
The former Great Britain stand-off, 32, is in the third and final year of a lucrative contract with Catalan Dragons.
Pryce met Bulls chairman Marc Green for talks but, with the club seemingly doomed to relegation, he has now accepted a two-year deal at the KC Stadium.
Hull KR, Wakefield, Featherstone and Castleford also expressed interest in signing the playmaker, who has enjoyed a fine campaign in Perpignan this year.