Robbie Hunter-Paul could make playing return

Bradford legend Robbie Hunter-Paul has teased at a possible on-field return after being unveiled as the honorary president of new club, Mirfield Stags.

Hunter-Paul, 38, hung up his boots in 2011 and is now working in an off-field role, as chief executive of the Bulls.

He won three Super League and World Club Challenge titles and two Challenge Cups with Bradford as a player, before spells at Huddersfield, Salford and Leigh.

I feel very honoured to have been asked to take up the role of honorary president and am extremely excited about the future of rugby league in Mirfield,” he said.

“Me making a rugby league comeback for the Stags has been touted and there is a chance I will run out for the Mirfield club next year.

“I certainly will not rule it out, we will just have to see whether the body can stand a pre-season programme and, more so, 80 minutes!”

The new club is being spearheaded by General Manager Ryan Sparks, who is also the media and PR executive at Bradford Bulls, and both he and Hunter-Paul live in Mirfield.

Sparks added: “We feel very privileged to have Robbie on board, it’s a real honour for everyone involved in our club.

“His addition to what we are doing here is further proof we are committed to creating a strong rugby league team for the people of Mirfield to be proud of.

“We are working extremely hard to break new ground at this level of the sport and this is another step forward for us.


“Robbie is an adopted member of the Mirfield community and we believe he will bring a great deal to what we are trying to achieve here.”

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