Clarke has “huge potential”

Date published: Friday, October 22, 2010

ROUGHYEDS boss Tony Benson believes young forward Chris Clarke will make a name for himself in rugby league.

Lauding him as a player of “huge potential”, Benson said the 21-year-old former Oldham St Anne’s man had the skill, desire and mental toughness to go far in his chosen sport.

“In playing terms he is mature beyond his years,” added the Roughyeds coach. “He’s always positive — a great kid to have around — and I know the other Oldham players will be delighted to see him on board again.”

Clarke followed up his eye-catching first season in senior rugby by signing a new one-year deal for his hometown club.

Now, Benson expects him to go from strength to strength .

He said: “Chris is an Oldham lad through and through. He loves playing for his town. That’s what drives him. He is strong mentally and he keeps himself in good shape physically.

“He has a lot of skill for a player of his size and bulk and it was noticeable how quickly he adapted to senior rugby.

“Not only did he manage that, but he did it by answering the club’s call for him to play in three separate pack positions —- prop, second-row and loose-forward.

“To be a prop one week and a ball-playing second-row man the next took a lot of doing, but he handled it well.”