Jamie Langley has revealed he is relishing his dual role as player/coach of the Sheffield Eagles.
The former Great Britain international joined the Eagles during the close season combining his playing duties with a role on the coaching staff.
With over 250 games at Super League level under his belt the Normanton-born ace has provided a wealth of experience to the playing roster at the Keepmoat, whilst he has also taken his first steps onto the coaching ladder as he begins to establish himself in a much more unfamiliar role.
After being forced onto the sidelines through injury at the start of the season, Langley took the opportunity to advance his coaching credentials but admits he is still very much committed to continuing with his playing career.
“I am still enjoying the playing aspect, I just need to get some more playing time under my belt and keep working hard in training,” Langley told The Star.
“It was a stuttering start because of the injury. I was having to manage things with my knee and then I tweaked my groin in the opening two minutes against Hull so I’m not having much luck with injuries at the moment, but I’ll be doing everything I can to get back out there as soon as possible.”
The former Bradford Bull might be a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Halifax, but playing or not his input on the coaching field will be vital and he is relishing that role.
“It has been a new experience but it has been great for me,” added the 31-year-old.
“It has been fantastic working with the lads and we have a terrific coaching team. They are all really experienced and they know what they are doing so that has only benefited me.
“We have a great set of lads here who are all keen to learn and they want to get better. The end goal is to eventually progress back to Super League, it might not happen this year, it could take two or three years but we all want to get there.
“The fact that everyone wants to learn and improve makes your job so much easier from a coaching perspective.”
Director of Rugby Mark Aston will be hoping to have Langley available, as well as the trio of Michael Knowles, James Davey and Pat Walker who missed last Sunday’s Challenge Cup defeat to Hull.