Jamie Langley: I’m hoping the return of Caisley will help take Bulls forward

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WITH all the financial problems at Bradford Bulls, everything has been up in the air recently and no one really knows what’s been going on.

When we initially raised the money over Easter – thanks to so much hard work from fans and well-wishers – to ease off the threat of going under, it was just a massive relief for everyone.

But since then, it’s been a little bit of a mystery.

The club has tried to keep us in the loop and Ryan Duckett – the chief executive – met with some of us senior players on Thursday to tell us about the latest developments with Peter (Hood) standing down and Andrew Bennett resigning as well.

It looks now like Chris Caisley is going to be returning to the club. I’m not sure exactly what role he will be taking on but, hopefully, that will become a bit more transparent over the next few days.

If we can get in some potential investors now it will be great to get things organised.

There’s probably only me and Karl Pryce from the first time Chris was here as chairman.

I was just a young lad coming through then but I always got on well with him with the few dealings we did have.

Chris is obviously a very shrewd businessman and I’m sure he’s got the experience to take the club forward.

I’m sure he’ll also be addressing the players sooner rather than later and we can put all this to bed.

Hopefully, the club can find the investment it needs, get some stability and we can push on both on and off the field.

We’ve been playing some good football recently, getting some results and looking to get into those play-off spots.

For us a players, it has been a strange experience and still is. You just try to focus on your job – turning up, training hard and playing the best you can on a weekend.

You can’t really let other things bother you as they are out of your control.

We had a good win down at London Broncos which keeps us in the top eight and obviously that is our target for the remainder of the season – to secure a play-off place.

We’ve not done that for the last three years and know we have a good chance now if we can keep performing.

Obviously, we’ve no game this weekend as we’re out of the Challenge Cup but my dad will have been watching the Leigh v Leeds quarter-final on Friday night.

He played in the Leeds side that lost to Leigh in the ’71 Wembley final when Alex Murphy famously got stretchered off after Syd Hynes was sent off – then somehow miraculously got back up a few moments later to go and lift the trophy.

My dad is quite humble and modest and doesn’t really talk too much about his time in the game.

But he will chat if you ask questions – and he does have some tales about that Murphy incident. I know he still has a soft spot for Leeds.

One thing he does hold over me is that he played at Wembley a few times and won the Challenge Cup there.

I’ve picked up Super League titles and World Club Challenges but have yet to get there myself – unfortunately, I was 18th man when we beat Leeds 22-20 at Cardiff in 2003.

We’ve missed out again this year but we know we’re capable. And, when you see everyone now going for the semis, it just whets the appetite.

It’s something I’m still striving for and, hopefully, one day soon I will do it with Bradford.

Interview by Dave Craven.