Able Kane signs new contract
OLDHAM RL Club have re-signed a man who didn’t throw a pass, make a tackle or kick a ball last season yet did such an accomplished job behind the scenes that he received this accolade from head coach Scott Naylor: “He was, without doubt, one of the main reasons we won promotion.”
A very able Kane Daniels (24), the Roughyeds’ fitness and conditioning expert, has signed a new one-year contract to continue the part-time job he started at Whitebank last November with the express purpose of seeing Oldham promoted in his first season at the club.
Twenty-three league games and 20 wins later — the last 14 of them all in a row — Roughyeds’ celebrated ‘Mission Accomplished’, as did Daniels, who has since earned a personal promotion in his full-time job at Huddersfield Giants as well as being appointed to a new role with England Youth.
Said Naylor: “Kane did a great job for us in his first year. He’s signed a new deal and I feel we are extremely lucky to have him again for our baptism in the Championship.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what sort of shape the boys will be in when he’s had them for a second pre-season.
“When he joined us last year a lot of his ideas, methods and processes were different to anything we had been used to previously, but the response he got from the boys — from first game to last — was nothing short of outstanding.
“We were stronger, fitter and more robust than our opponents. We often got well on top in the last 20 minutes and that was down to Kane and his excellent work on conditioning.”
This year’s pre-season starts soon and Daniels will again be in charge of all aspects of the players’ physical fitness —- strength, power, size, nutrition, warm-ups, prehab, rehab, weights, speed, agility.
He’s also looking to put players on individual fitness programmes, but how soon and to what extent will depend on work load.
He’s still head of youth and academy fitness at Huddersfield, but in addition he has now been promoted to assist, with others, in the first-team environment.
“Like last season, I’ll be getting to as many Oldham sessions as I can, but at least every Thursday,” said Daniels.
“When I’m not there the players will know what to do because it will be mapped out for them.
“Personally, last year was very satisfying; my personal remit was to see Oldham win promotion and it was good to see them in good shape, getting stronger the longer games went on and getting through a tough campaign with relatively few serious injuries.
“The lads quickly bought into what I was trying to achieve with them and all credit to them for that.
“Championship rugby will be even tougher, obviously, but in terms of fitness and physicality I think we can be right up there with the rest, although the full-time clubs will have an advantage.
“Away at Sheffield in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup last season we finished the stronger side, despite the defeat. That augurs well.
“How we cope physically in the higher division will be a massive part of my remit next season.”