Bowman coming on loan

Date published: Thursday, June 13, 2013
HALIFAX’S Anthony Bowman, a 21-year-old midfield general, will sign for Oldham on a month’s loan tonight when he trains with the Roughyeds for the first time.

The deal has already been agreed with both Halifax and the player and all that remains to be done now is for Bowman to put pen to paper.

A similar set of circumstances surrounds Salford City Reds’ centre Jon Ford (19), who has played five games for Oldham on dual registration.

He will also sign tonight on a month’s loan, thus ensuring that he will be available to Roughyeds for the next four or five games.

Mid-season recruitment doesn’t end there.

Determined to maintain the momentum arising from four wins in the last six games, coach Scott Naylor plans to bring in two more young players on dual registration from partner club Salford.

If all goes according to plan, Bowman, Ford and the two so far unnamed dual-reg players will all be scrapping for places in the squad travelling to South Wales on Sunday for the showdown with the Scorpions at Neath, kick-off 3pm.

Bowman, who plays loose-forward or half-back, was born in Halifax, but signed for Wigan Warriors as a boy before returning home and joining Fax in 2010.

He has scored 16 tries in 38 first-team appearances for the Championship club. Last season was his best. He scored 10 tries in 19 games, nine of them in the Championship.

The loan deal was brokered in talks between good friends and former coaching colleagues at Salford — Halifax boss Karl Harrison and his Oldham counterpart Scott Naylor.

Said Naylor: “Bowman can play a number of positions. I liked what Karl had to say about him and I saw it as an opportunity to bring in a player who has had considerable experience in a higher division.

“We’ve got a run of tough and important games coming up and we need to make sure that the squad is strong enough to take us to where we want to be.

“As for Jon Ford, we all know how capable he is. I’ve always wanted to get him on loan, as opposed to week-to-week dual registration, because he’s a very good player and a top lad.

“The partnership with Salford is working well for us and I’m hoping that once the initial one-month is up we will be allowed to extend the loan and perhaps keep hold of Jon for a while longer.

“Two more dual-reg boys are coming in this weekend because we are more or less at the half-way stage in the season and some of the lads are looking a little bit tired and jaded.

“We’ve got a few injury niggles, nothing serious, but some of the boys are bruised and sore and I think now is the time to give a couple of them a rest.

“It’s all about spreading the workload a bit and managing the squad so that, come the business end of the season, ¬†we are at our very best and not feeling the ill effects of a tough campaign. I’ve got to look ahead.

“I want us to peak when it matters most, but to do that I have to manage things now and keep an eye on the lads who have had it tough over the last few weeks.”