He is arguably a Bradford Bulls legend, and as the first man to score a hat-trick in a Challenge Cup final back in 1996, Robbie Hunter-Paul’s legacy within the British game is incredibly strong.
But he could be about to make a comeback to Rugby League – albeit at amateur level, after Hunter-Paul was announced as the honorary president for newly founded Mirfield Stags.
Hunter-Paul is a resident of Mirfield, and his appointment follows on from the club’s formation, after it was announced Rugby League would return to the town in 2015. And whilst Hunter-Paul has spoken of his pride at being involved with the project – which he labelled “groundbreaking”, he also confirmed he may well turn out as a Stag when the club start playing again.
“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,” admitted the former Super League half-back.
“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!”
Mirfield General Manager Ryan Sparks – who is a colleague of Hunter-Paul’s at the Bradford Bulls – added: “First and foremost we are delighted to say Robbie will be attending the club’s official launch evening next month.
“We are in the process of talking him out of retirement and back on to the turf!”