JAMIE Langley says he remains keen to stay in Super League but admits he would be open to the prospect of a potential return to the Bulls should the opportunity arise.
The 30-year-old forward is searching for a new club after being told by Hull KR boss Chris Chester that he would not be offered a new contract.
Langley joined the Robins on a one-year deal in the off-season after 13 years at Bradford.
But injuries have limited him to just 11 appearances and he picked up a serious knee injury against Warrington last month that ended his season prematurely.
He successfully underwent surgery, however, and his agent is currently fielding interest from a number of Super League and Championship clubs.
Langley told the T&A: “I felt I started the season really well and was really enjoying my rugby until this injury occurred but I can understand their decision and it was nice to have that honesty from Chris.
“Obviously I was disappointed and would have liked to have stayed on because I felt as if I had some unfinished business there.
“But the good news is that my knee operation was a success and Dr Andrew Edwards, who operated on me and is our club doctor, is 100 per cent confident I will make a full recovery and come back stronger than ever.
“When you suffer an injury as a player, it gives you a drive and a goal to get back playing.
“My body is in great condition because I’ve always prided myself on looking after myself physically and mentally.”
Although Langley believes he is still capable of performing in Super League for another couple of years at least, he says the lure of a return to Bradford might be hard to resist.
With Bulls head coach Jimmy Lowes yet to appoint an assistant, Langley admits a player-coach role would be particularly appealing.
Langley has completed his level two coaching qualification, is a qualified sports masseuse and is currently working towards a strength and conditioning qualification.
He is also working towards his level three coaching qualification and will be assisting with the coaching at Hull KR for the rest of the season.
He added: “I’m passionate about the Bulls and always have been – I was at Bradford man and boy from leaving school and the club holds a place dear in my heart.
“If an opportunity arose where I could progress my career beyond playing, in a coaching or a development role, then it would be something I would seriously consider because you can’t play rugby league forever.
“At this stage of my career, I’d still love to play so if there was something where I could maybe combine the two roles that would be fantastic.
“Coaching is something I’ve always enjoyed and I’ve been fortunate to play under such fantastic coaches during my career.
“I’m really passionate and proud to have played for Bradford for so many years. I love the place and never wanted to leave.”
Langley is confident the Bulls will bounce back strongly from their relegation under Lowes, adding: “From the outside looking in, Jimmy seems to be doing a great job.
“Maybe going down to the Championship will be a blessing in disguise so they can start to rebuild from the ground up.”