Purtell keen on stand-off berth

Newly appointed Bradford Bulls captain Adrian Purtell has admitted that he would be keen to play at stand-off next year.

The former Canberra Raiders star shone at half-back during the Qualifiers in the absence of Bradford’s senior playmakers, and now he is keen on spending more time in the role.

“I’m definitely up for playing stand-off again this season,” Purtell told the Telegraph and Argus.

“Team selection is obviously up to Jimmy but in the limited appearances I made there last season I think I showed what I can do.

“I do enjoy playing five-eighth and hopefully Jimmy has got the confidence if needs be to play me there again

“If the opportunity came up and Jimmy wants me to play five-eighth, then I will be up for playing there, no doubt.”

If Purtell is slotted in at halfback, he conceded he might have to do a bit of additional training.

“I hadn’t played five-eighth for a long time until last season, since I was at Canberra in fact, so kicking wasn’t previously something I had practiced.

“But now that I know there is a possibility I could be needed to play there again, it’s something I’ll take on board on my own as well as all those finer details you need if you’re a half.”