Bradford Bulls head of youth Paul Medley is to leave the club, to take up a new role with the RFL.
Medley has been associated with the club for 25 years, as a player and a member of the backroom staff, but will now sever his lengthy association with the club to become the national player development manager for the game’s governing body.
The former prop was quick to point out it was an incredibly tough decision, but he told the Telegraph and Argus it was an opportunity he “could not turn down”.
“I have had to make the hardest decision of my life but this is a massive opportunity for me, one which I simply could not turn down,” Medley claimed.
“I have had a fantastic time with the Bulls, this club has been my whole world for the best part of 25 years.
“My decision to leave is based solely on career progression and the opportunity ahead.”
Medley was part of one of the greatest eras in the history of the Bulls, as they and St Helens dominated the early years of the Super League. And, he admits he has made some special memories with the club.
He said: “I will never forget lifting the Super League title after thrashing Paris 68-0, at home, in front of nearly 18,000 screaming fans.
“It was incredible and I am honoured to have represented the club in some huge games, such as the 1996 and 1997 Challenge Cup finals.
“The memories I have made here will last a lifetime. Bradford Bulls is a club I will forever hold close to my heart.”