Adam O'Brien: I would like to stay at Bradford even if we go down

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Adam O'Brien turns 21 on July 11, the day Bradford play St Helens away Adam O'Brien turns 21 on July 11, the day Bradford play St Helens away

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.

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8:48am Tue 1 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Don't be a fool lad,get away from there as fast as you can,it's a no brainer to even think about staying and you won't be on your own leaving this joke of a club.
Don't be a fool lad,get away from there as fast as you can,it's a no brainer to even think about staying and you won't be on your own leaving this joke of a club. Out of site
  • Score: -41

9:19am Tue 1 Jul 14

Videoref says...

Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?
Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable? Videoref
  • Score: 30

9:36am Tue 1 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

Doubt he will get a game, I hear in the crazy world of mark green Cameron smith will be hooker next year.
Doubt he will get a game, I hear in the crazy world of mark green Cameron smith will be hooker next year. axelf1963
  • Score: -11

9:44am Tue 1 Jul 14

Sense99 says...

Videoref wrote:
Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?
England hooker ?
Dear me, I don't know what team you watch. He is ok for a young lad, but will be a journey man player at best. He is out his depth in SL, but may be a decent player in the championship.
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?[/p][/quote]England hooker ? Dear me, I don't know what team you watch. He is ok for a young lad, but will be a journey man player at best. He is out his depth in SL, but may be a decent player in the championship. Sense99
  • Score: -11

10:11am Tue 1 Jul 14

rogerthat! says...

Sense99 wrote:
Videoref wrote:
Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?
England hooker ?
Dear me, I don't know what team you watch. He is ok for a young lad, but will be a journey man player at best. He is out his depth in SL, but may be a decent player in the championship.
What is it with Bulls so called fans? The vile ,nasty comments are always directed against the home developed Local players. Is itany wonder they all leave. Get off the young lads back and start encouraging . Go and get treatment for being Bitter.
[quote][p][bold]Sense99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?[/p][/quote]England hooker ? Dear me, I don't know what team you watch. He is ok for a young lad, but will be a journey man player at best. He is out his depth in SL, but may be a decent player in the championship.[/p][/quote]What is it with Bulls so called fans? The vile ,nasty comments are always directed against the home developed Local players. Is itany wonder they all leave. Get off the young lads back and start encouraging . Go and get treatment for being Bitter. rogerthat!
  • Score: 39

12:20pm Tue 1 Jul 14

colgre says...

I reckon Adam is bright enough to realise that Jimmy is the man to listen to on the coaching scene ....any other clubs coached by a hooker with international honours ???
Also welcome to Danny Williams...
COYB...which ever division we will be in...
I reckon Adam is bright enough to realise that Jimmy is the man to listen to on the coaching scene ....any other clubs coached by a hooker with international honours ??? Also welcome to Danny Williams... COYB...which ever division we will be in... colgre
  • Score: 15

12:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Out of site says...

rogerthat! wrote:
Sense99 wrote:
Videoref wrote:
Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?
England hooker ?
Dear me, I don't know what team you watch. He is ok for a young lad, but will be a journey man player at best. He is out his depth in SL, but may be a decent player in the championship.
What is it with Bulls so called fans? The vile ,nasty comments are always directed against the home developed Local players. Is itany wonder they all leave. Get off the young lads back and start encouraging . Go and get treatment for being Bitter.
Nobody is on the lads back,he needs to use his brain a littler better.don't think about staying go and get as much out of the game whilst you can your career will be over soon enough and you won't make any Money out of this clueless lot.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthat![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sense99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?[/p][/quote]England hooker ? Dear me, I don't know what team you watch. He is ok for a young lad, but will be a journey man player at best. He is out his depth in SL, but may be a decent player in the championship.[/p][/quote]What is it with Bulls so called fans? The vile ,nasty comments are always directed against the home developed Local players. Is itany wonder they all leave. Get off the young lads back and start encouraging . Go and get treatment for being Bitter.[/p][/quote]Nobody is on the lads back,he needs to use his brain a littler better.don't think about staying go and get as much out of the game whilst you can your career will be over soon enough and you won't make any Money out of this clueless lot. Out of site
  • Score: -15

12:31pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bartsbull says...

This young man will be a great hooker there are some bitter comments from vaious people regarding Bulls players look round the super league clubs and see how many x bulls academy players are playing for other clubs

People in the media do not give the Bulls credit for bringing these guys through our system its all Wigan Leeds or Sants

Adam will learn from jimmy and disco if he stays he as shown his loyalty in wanting to stay .
I hope more follow yes we may go down but this is the aptitude we need from players COYB but i believe there will be some shock news regarding another club before long
This young man will be a great hooker there are some bitter comments from vaious people regarding Bulls players look round the super league clubs and see how many x bulls academy players are playing for other clubs People in the media do not give the Bulls credit for bringing these guys through our system its all Wigan Leeds or Sants Adam will learn from jimmy and disco if he stays he as shown his loyalty in wanting to stay . I hope more follow yes we may go down but this is the aptitude we need from players COYB but i believe there will be some shock news regarding another club before long bartsbull
  • Score: 6

12:55pm Tue 1 Jul 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Roger,
These idiots are neither sports people or supporters of any club.They are sad individuals who have never played any sport probably because they were useless at everything and are jealous to death of any young man that might have a bit of talent.Something that these posters obviously have never had.Sad,sad individuals,pity them.
Roger, These idiots are neither sports people or supporters of any club.They are sad individuals who have never played any sport probably because they were useless at everything and are jealous to death of any young man that might have a bit of talent.Something that these posters obviously have never had.Sad,sad individuals,pity them. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 11

12:57pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Sense99 says...

rogerthat! wrote:
Sense99 wrote:
Videoref wrote:
Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?
England hooker ?
Dear me, I don't know what team you watch. He is ok for a young lad, but will be a journey man player at best. He is out his depth in SL, but may be a decent player in the championship.
What is it with Bulls so called fans? The vile ,nasty comments are always directed against the home developed Local players. Is itany wonder they all leave. Get off the young lads back and start encouraging . Go and get treatment for being Bitter.
If you actually read what I wrote rather than just complaining about my post it might help ! I wasn't vile or nasty, just a dose of reality. And just because you don't agree with my comment doesn't make me a "so called fan".

It is good we have home grown talent, and I wasn't on his back, infact I said he was ok for a young lad. But just because he is home grown doesn't somehow make him great.

I was simply making a comment that he will never be good enough to play for England.

May be you would rather watch the Bulls through rose tinted glasses because it makes you feel better.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthat![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sense99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: Take no notice of the stupid post above. Think about your future-you will be England hooker if you listen and learn from Jimmy. 17th man in a mediocre superleage team or 1st choice hooker in a winning, promotion chasing championship team-which would be most enjoyable?[/p][/quote]England hooker ? Dear me, I don't know what team you watch. He is ok for a young lad, but will be a journey man player at best. He is out his depth in SL, but may be a decent player in the championship.[/p][/quote]What is it with Bulls so called fans? The vile ,nasty comments are always directed against the home developed Local players. Is itany wonder they all leave. Get off the young lads back and start encouraging . Go and get treatment for being Bitter.[/p][/quote]If you actually read what I wrote rather than just complaining about my post it might help ! I wasn't vile or nasty, just a dose of reality. And just because you don't agree with my comment doesn't make me a "so called fan". It is good we have home grown talent, and I wasn't on his back, infact I said he was ok for a young lad. But just because he is home grown doesn't somehow make him great. I was simply making a comment that he will never be good enough to play for England. May be you would rather watch the Bulls through rose tinted glasses because it makes you feel better. Sense99
  • Score: -9

1:35pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Translation of the above story.

I have 2 years on my contract at very good terms and the contract is bulletproof so no pay cut in the Championship. So I'm more than happy to play a lower level of Rugby but still pick up the same wages, save me the hassle of looking for another club.
Translation of the above story. I have 2 years on my contract at very good terms and the contract is bulletproof so no pay cut in the Championship. So I'm more than happy to play a lower level of Rugby but still pick up the same wages, save me the hassle of looking for another club. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -6

1:42pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Yes I know it says null and void but I'd like more than the T&A to suggest that is the case. It sounds more like buttering the fans up for the exodus. Our hands were tied so to speak if they do leave.
Yes I know it says null and void but I'd like more than the T&A to suggest that is the case. It sounds more like buttering the fans up for the exodus. Our hands were tied so to speak if they do leave. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -4

1:58pm Tue 1 Jul 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

Definitely one to keep. He will turn into a starting hooker. Much better than keeping Diskin who should be shown the door at the end of the season and given his bus fare back to Leeds. Let's work with the youth, it's the only way forward. Not sure about why we have signed another winger? Forward/defensive power is what we need.
Definitely one to keep. He will turn into a starting hooker. Much better than keeping Diskin who should be shown the door at the end of the season and given his bus fare back to Leeds. Let's work with the youth, it's the only way forward. Not sure about why we have signed another winger? Forward/defensive power is what we need. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 10

5:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

T.V.O.R.
What a sad individual he or she is.What a miserable existence he or she calls a life.I actually feel sorry for this sad person.Moan,moan,moa
n,get yourself out and get leathered now and again,you never know you might actually get to like people and get out of your miserable existence.
T.V.O.R. What a sad individual he or she is.What a miserable existence he or she calls a life.I actually feel sorry for this sad person.Moan,moan,moa n,get yourself out and get leathered now and again,you never know you might actually get to like people and get out of your miserable existence. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 4

8:36am Wed 2 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
T.V.O.R.
What a sad individual he or she is.What a miserable existence he or she calls a life.I actually feel sorry for this sad person.Moan,moan,moa

n,get yourself out and get leathered now and again,you never know you might actually get to like people and get out of your miserable existence.
If I had to say one thing to Adam, it would be:
"Believe in yourself, and whatever you decide to do is the right choice, because it's your choice, not anyone else's. Your youth and your potential is always in your favour. Learn as much as you can from the best people around you. With Heath-Matt-Jimmy giving you the training, all you have missed is Brian Noble to give you a masterclass in hooking skills.
Go for it Adam, and remember what Chris Caisley always said: "Class is permanent, form is temporary:"
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: T.V.O.R. What a sad individual he or she is.What a miserable existence he or she calls a life.I actually feel sorry for this sad person.Moan,moan,moa n,get yourself out and get leathered now and again,you never know you might actually get to like people and get out of your miserable existence.[/p][/quote]If I had to say one thing to Adam, it would be: "Believe in yourself, and whatever you decide to do is the right choice, because it's your choice, not anyone else's. Your youth and your potential is always in your favour. Learn as much as you can from the best people around you. With Heath-Matt-Jimmy giving you the training, all you have missed is Brian Noble to give you a masterclass in hooking skills. Go for it Adam, and remember what Chris Caisley always said: "Class is permanent, form is temporary:" raisemeup
  • Score: -1

8:45am Wed 2 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

raisemeup wrote:
spanglishbull.uk wrote:
T.V.O.R.
What a sad individual he or she is.What a miserable existence he or she calls a life.I actually feel sorry for this sad person.Moan,moan,moa


n,get yourself out and get leathered now and again,you never know you might actually get to like people and get out of your miserable existence.
If I had to say one thing to Adam, it would be:
"Believe in yourself, and whatever you decide to do is the right choice, because it's your choice, not anyone else's. Your youth and your potential is always in your favour. Learn as much as you can from the best people around you. With Heath-Matt-Jimmy giving you the training, all you have missed is Brian Noble to give you a masterclass in hooking skills.
Go for it Adam, and remember what Chris Caisley always said: "Class is permanent, form is temporary:"
Sorry the quote is other way round: With apologies also to Vincent Lombardi
who first coined the phrase, I think>

ie "Form is temporary, but class is Permanent!"
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: T.V.O.R. What a sad individual he or she is.What a miserable existence he or she calls a life.I actually feel sorry for this sad person.Moan,moan,moa n,get yourself out and get leathered now and again,you never know you might actually get to like people and get out of your miserable existence.[/p][/quote]If I had to say one thing to Adam, it would be: "Believe in yourself, and whatever you decide to do is the right choice, because it's your choice, not anyone else's. Your youth and your potential is always in your favour. Learn as much as you can from the best people around you. With Heath-Matt-Jimmy giving you the training, all you have missed is Brian Noble to give you a masterclass in hooking skills. Go for it Adam, and remember what Chris Caisley always said: "Class is permanent, form is temporary:"[/p][/quote]Sorry the quote is other way round: With apologies also to Vincent Lombardi who first coined the phrase, I think> ie "Form is temporary, but class is Permanent!" raisemeup
  • Score: -1

12:25pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Parz says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Yes I know it says null and void but I'd like more than the T&A to suggest that is the case. It sounds more like buttering the fans up for the exodus. Our hands were tied so to speak if they do leave.
It's either bulletproof or null an void. Make your mind up lad.

Though to be fair to you, it only took you 7 minutes to realise you were talking absolute garbage.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Yes I know it says null and void but I'd like more than the T&A to suggest that is the case. It sounds more like buttering the fans up for the exodus. Our hands were tied so to speak if they do leave.[/p][/quote]It's either bulletproof or null an void. Make your mind up lad. Though to be fair to you, it only took you 7 minutes to realise you were talking absolute garbage. Parz
  • Score: 1

4:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Parz wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Yes I know it says null and void but I'd like more than the T&A to suggest that is the case. It sounds more like buttering the fans up for the exodus. Our hands were tied so to speak if they do leave.
It's either bulletproof or null an void. Make your mind up lad.

Though to be fair to you, it only took you 7 minutes to realise you were talking absolute garbage.
As usual.
[quote][p][bold]Parz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Yes I know it says null and void but I'd like more than the T&A to suggest that is the case. It sounds more like buttering the fans up for the exodus. Our hands were tied so to speak if they do leave.[/p][/quote]It's either bulletproof or null an void. Make your mind up lad. Though to be fair to you, it only took you 7 minutes to realise you were talking absolute garbage.[/p][/quote]As usual. Out of site
  • Score: 0
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