Jamie Langley has not ruled out a return to the relegated Bradford Bulls if he could combine playing with a coaching role.
The forward left The Provident Stadium after 13 years in the off-season to join Hull KR on a one-year deal but, following an injury-hit campaign, has been told by the Robins he will not be offered a new contract.
The 30-year-old - who has completed his level two coaching qualification and is currently working towards his level three - is open to re-joining the relegated Bulls as he considers his next move.
He insists he is now looking to combine coaching with playing, telling the Telegraph & Argus: "I'm passionate about the Bulls and always have been – I was at Bradford man and boy from leaving school and the club holds a place dear in my heart.
"If an opportunity arose where I could progress my career beyond playing, in a coaching or a development role, then it would be something I would seriously consider because you can’t play rugby league forever.
"At this stage of my career, I’d still love to play so if there was something where I could maybe combine the two roles that would be fantastic.
"Coaching is something I’ve always enjoyed and I've been fortunate to play under such fantastic coaches during my career."
Langley is hoping to bounce back next term following successful surgery on a knee injury suffered against Warrington last month which prematurely ended his season.
He added: "I felt I started the season really well and was really enjoying my rugby until this injury occurred but I can understand their decision (not to renew his contract) and it was nice to have that honesty from (Hull KR caretaker boss) Chris (Chester).
"Obviously I was disappointed and would have liked to have stayed on because I felt as if I had some unfinished business there.
"But the good news is that my knee operation was a success and Dr Andrew Edwards, who operated on me and is our club doctor, is 100 per cent confident I will make a full recovery and come back stronger than ever.
"When you suffer an injury as a player, it gives you a drive and a goal to get back playing. My body is in great condition because I’ve always prided myself on looking after myself physically and mentally."