Broughton backs dual-reg link

Date published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
JODIE Broughton has revealed that Huddersfield Giants players have given the thumbs-up to their club’s partnership with Oldham.

The former Salford winger scored two tries on dual-reg debut in the Roughyeds’ 32-10 cup win at Barrow to become the eighth Giants player to wear an Oldham jersey since the start of pre-season friendlies.
“The Giants boys are more than happy to come over here and do their bit for Oldham, and now I know why,” said 27-year-old Broughton, who confirmed that he would jump at the chance to play for Scott Naylor’s men again if opportunity knocked.
“It was a great win at Barrow. I enjoyed the whole Oldham experience, just as I was assured I would by Scott Grix, Michael Lawrence and Kyle Wood.
“All three said what a good, professional set-up there was at Oldham and how they had felt comfortable in the Roughyeds’ environment.
“It was a big help in my case because I knew a lot of the Oldham lads from our Salford days and it was a bit like turning back the clock.
“There’s a great spirit in the camp, they’re very fit and I think they can look forward to a good season.”
Naylor did Giants boss Paul Anderson a favour by playing senior men like Grix, Lawrence and Wood, who were all coming back from injury, in a couple of pre-season games.
However, that wasn’t part of the long-term dual-reg strategy, agreed by the clubs, which will mainly be restricted to Oldham’s use of younger players like Nathan Mason, Mickey Learmonth, Josh Johnson and Oliver Roberts.
Mason is at Whitebank on long-term loan; Learmonth’s short-term loan agreement has recently come to an end; and Johnson and Roberts have so far played one game for Naylor.
More clubs than ever before are taking advantage of loan and dual-reg regulations (Barrow used  four Leigh players last Sunday), and, periodically Giants youngsters will continue to appear for Oldham.
“The challenge for my boys when they go over there is to buy into the Oldham culture and to be happy to play wherever Scott (Naylor) wants them to play,” said Giants boss Anderson.
Oldham have confirmed that Sunday’s fourth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie away to Sheffield Eagles will be played at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, kick-off 3pm.
Only junior season tickets will be valid. Admission prices are £15 adults; £11 over-60s and young adults aged 17 to 20); £5 for juniors 16 and under; free for under-5s.