Cookson “part of the furniture”

Date published: Thursday, October 23, 2014
DAVID Cookson has promised to repay the faith Oldham RL Club have shown in him by re-signing him for a fifth season at Whitebank.
“I’m starting to feel part of the furniture, but that suits me fine because it’s a grand club to play for and there’s a good feeling in the camp,” said the big right-centre after putting pen to paper on a new one-year contract.
“It was horrible to see a full season’s work go down the drain by the narrowest of margins in the Grand Final, but we’re all getting over that now and starting to look forward to next season and fresh challenges in the new League One.
“It’s going to be tough. We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we’ve got a good set-up and I see no reason why we can’t have another good season in a division that is sure to throw up some cracking games.”
Cookson (26), once of Oldham St Anne’s, first hit the Whitebank scene in 2011 as a member of John Hough’s title-winning reserve team.
Tony Benson promoted him to the senior side in 2012 and he has remained there ever since, the last two seasons under the watchful eye of a man who knows all there is to know about centre play, Scott Naylor.
The Roughyeds boss, who played centre for several years in a crack Bradford Bulls side, believes the best is yet to come from Cookson.
He said: “He’s big, strong and athletic and he has what it takes to become a very good player indeed.
“He’s improving all the time and we are still teaching him specific things about centre play. He needs to kick-on with his game now and realise his full potential, and I’ve every confidence in him to do exactly that.
“He’s very professional in his attitude and that will stand him in good stead when the going gets tough next season.”