Clay set for scan on ankle

Date published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
OLDHAM new boy Adam Clay, who made his debut at York, will have a scan on Saturday to check out his suspect right ankle.
The club knew he wasn’t 100 per cent fit when they signed him on a short-term deal to the end of the season.
He can train and play, as he did at York with no apparent handicap, but both player and club want a medical report.
Scott Naylor’s plan was to hold him back until after the scan, but he was fast-tracked because Mo Agoro pulled out with a knee injury.
Clay (23) damaged the ankle last March when playing for North Wales Crusaders in a Challenge Cup tie against Pilkington Recs.
“Since I signed for Oldham I’ve been on rehab, and I’m feeling a lot better,” said Clay, who scored 12 tries in 27 games for Barrow last season before joining newly-promoted Crusaders for 2014.
“I’m not expecting the scan to throw up anything serious, but I need to know what’s going on.”
Providing he has suffered no adverse effects from the York game — he will be checked out at training tonight — he may be in line for his home debut against Hunslet Hawks at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm).
Also assessed tonight will be Agoro and hooker Kenny Hughes, who has an ankle injury.
Despite a 54-12 mauling by top-of-the-table City Knights, Clay is optimistic about his new club’s prospects of making an impact in the remainder of the season.
“It’s all down to the play-offs and anything can happen in those,” he said. 
“Had Oldham got promoted last year I would have signed for them then, so I was at the final when they were beaten by Rochdale and I was disappointed like everybody else.
 “I’d had a good year at Barrow and I wanted to stay in the Championship, so I signed for Crusaders, where I had been on loan from Leigh in 2012.
“As things turned out, I wished I had signed for Oldham, but I’m here now and I’m looking forward to my first home game and getting my career back on track with my new club.”
Clay knows Naylor, his No 2 Lee Spencer and the backroom staff from his early days at Salford, for whom he turned pro as a teenager from Leigh Miners.
He and Lewis Palfrey are friends too.
Added Clay: “When I was considering Oldham’s approach, Lewis told me all about the club and how good it was. 
“I liked what he said, so I signed.”