Brocky has his say . . .

Date published: Friday, September 28, 2012

OLDHAM RL Club’s Mark Brocklehurst has given the thumbs-up to the Roughyeds’ appointment of former Bradford Bulls hard man Scott Naylor as head coach on a two-year contract.

“He’ll have a no-nonsense approach and he’ll call it as it is — that’s how players like it,” said utility back Brocklehurst, who has spent the last three seasons with his hometown club and hopes to have another season at Whitebank in 2013.

He was the Roughyeds’ top try scorer in 2011 with 17 and in the season just ended he combined first-team appearances with a player-coach role in the reserves as right-hand man to second team boss Paul Ashton.

Giving a frank insight into what players look for in their boss, the former Wigan academy, Swinton and Rochdale player said: “I vividly remember Scott Naylor as a rugged centre in the star Bradford Bulls side. The qualities he had as a player will show through in his coaching.

“He was a tough cookie whose game was based on hard work and 100 per cent determination to be second best to nobody.

“He will command a lot of respect in the dressing room because he won’t be asking us to do anything he hasn’t done himself.

“He’ll be tough, but fair, and that’s all players ask for.

“When they’re dropped, they like to be told why and what they need to do to improve their game. Players like a coach who calls a spade a spade.

“I’m sure our new man will do all of these things and, on the back of that, will take the club forward.”

Brocklehurst added: “He’s played in Challenge Cup finals, Super League Grand Finals and a World Club Championship game as well as representing his country in the World Cup.

“As a born-and-bred Oldhamer I want the Roughyeds to do well and I would love to see the club make progress over the next year or two, whether I’m involved or not.

“I think there’s every chance that Scott Naylor will help the club to do just that.”

Doncaster stand-off Paul Cooke capped off a magnificent debut season with the South Yorkshire club by collecting the Championship One player-of-the-year and the Northern Star award at the Co-operative Championships gala dinner in Leeds on Tuesday night.

Cooke, who led Doncaster to the league leaders’ shield, beat off stiff competition from Liam Harrison (Barrow) and Graeme Mattinson (Workington) to capture the outstanding individual award, while his steadfast work in the community earned the former Hull FC and Hull KR player the Northern Star award.

There was more success for Doncaster when coach Tony Miller was awarded the Championship One coach-of-the-year honour, while his club completed an impressive haul of four awards by taking the Championship One club-of-the-year trophy..

Workington Town carried off two awards — community club of the year and Championship One young player of the year, which went to Elliott Miller.

Honours list:

Championship Player of the Year: Liam Finn (Featherstone Rovers)
Championship Young Player of the Year: Alex Walmsley (Batley Bulldogs)
Championship Coach of the Year: Paul Rowley (Leigh Centurions)
Championship One Player of the Year: Paul Cooke (Doncaster)
Championship One Young Player of the Year: Elliott Miller (Workington Town)
Championship One Coach of the Year: Tony Miller (Doncaster)
Northern Star winner: Paul Cooke (Doncaster)
Neil Whittaker Award (for match officials): Paul Grundill
Referee of the Year: George Stokes
Club of the Year: joint winners, Featherstone Rovers and Doncaster.
Community Programme of the Year: Workington Town