Posts archive for September, 2016

Palfrey moves on

OLDHAM RL have confirmed that Lewis Palfrey, stand-off, goalkicker and club captain for the past four years, has left the club to join derby rivals Rochdale Hornets.

Roughyeds offered him a new and improved contract for 2017, they said, but he turned it down.

Palfrey (26) has played in 96 games for Oldham across the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, scoring 22 tries, 350 goals, three drop goals and 791 points.

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Excited Oldham sign Broncos’ playmaker

SCOTT Naylor has described Oldham RL Club’s capture of London Broncos’ half-back Scott Leatherbarrow as “an exciting one that shows how the club is progressing.”

Leatherbarrow (26) played 17 times this year for a Broncos side that finished second to Leigh Centurions in the regular Championship season and then took Salford Red Devils to the wire for the right to play in the Million Pound Game.

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Burke bolsters the engine room

THE relevance of prop power and front-row domination is reflected in Scott Naylor’s team-building operation for next season.

Having re-signed Phil Joy, Jack Spencer and Michael Ward, the Oldham boss went out and recruited a fourth front-rower in Ben Davies from Whitehaven.

He’s now added a fifth by retaining Joe Burke for a second year on a new contract.

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Now Owen puts pen to paper

ANOTHER corner-piece of Oldham RL Club’s 2017 jigsaw was put in place today when Gareth Owen, described by coach Scott Naylor as “one of our main men”, signed a new one-year contract with his hometown club.

It will tie the 24-year-old former Salford Red Devils hooker to Roughyeds for his third full season — one in which Naylor is backing him to play even better than he did in the Championship campaign that’s just finished.

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Ward, Hope in Irish Squad

OLDHAM’S impact prop Michael Ward has been rewarded for an impressive season of Championship rugby by his inclusion in Ireland’s train-on squad for World Cup qualifying games against Russia and Spain next month.

Ward (25), Oldham born, wins his first international recognition in Mark Aston’s 40-man squad, qualifying because his paternal grandfather left Galway as a young man to settle in the Oldham area.

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