Dallimore has pledged his future to Roughyeds.

Date published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

JAMIE Dallimore, a points machine in Oldham RL Club’s high-flying reserve team, has pledged his future to Roughyeds.

As the first player from John Hough’s class of 2011 to be offered a pro contract, he has signed a deal which runs to November 30, 2012

“I’m made up,” said Jamie, who will be 23 on Saturday.

He added: “I’ve been at Roughyeds since last December and I always hoped it would lead to this.

“The funny thing is, I nearly didn’t come. I was at Warrington Wolves in 2009 but I didn’t stay long because I didn’t like it there. When Oldham rang me late last year I wasn’t at all sure what to do, but I gave it a go and from my first training session I felt comfortable at the club.

“We’ve had a fantastic season in the reserves. I’m sure we can go through the play-offs and win it.”

Oldham’s scouting network received a tip that the Wigan St Cuthbert’s and ¬†BARLA Great Britain international half-back might be available and Hough’s phone call proved fruitful.

“Jamie has since done everything we expected of him — and more,” said Hough. “He has played outstandingly well all season in the reserves, one of many to do so.

“He had a cracking first-team debut a few weeks ago and the hope is that next year he will step up to the first team on a regular basis.”

If he succeeds in that, he will follow a well-trodden path taken by the likes of Ben Heaton, Chris Clarke, Matthew Fogarty, Shaun Robinson and Michael Ward.

Dallimore, no stranger to BARLA rep teams, played for England in Dubai in 2008, for Great Britain in the South Pacific in 2009 and for GB under-23s in the Ukraine last year as tour captain.

He wasn’t asked to kick goals on his one senior appearance for Oldham in a 35-18 win against South Wales last June, but he stole the limelight nevertheless by scoring two tries from stand-off.

He gave a performance which suitably impressed head coach Tony Benson.

“He’s an exciting young player with a big future,” said Benson. “He is keen to learn, he fits in really well at the club and he is realistic about where he is at in terms of his overall development as a player.

“He will benefit hugely from a good pre-season and he is happy to progress at a realistic pace. That’s important in a young player who is just finding his feet.

[singlepic id=882 w=320 h=240 float=left]”He’s the sort of player who can conjure something out of nothing. He’s also calm, composed and capable of sticking to a structured plan.”

Roughyeds have formally released centre Jack Bradbury, who has gone back to Saddleworth Rangers, and half-back Mick Diveney, who has returned to Waterhead.

Centre Marcus St Hilaire suffered a dead leg in Oldham’s 38-16 win at Rochdale and remains doubtful for Sunday’s game against South Wales Scorpions at Whitebank.(3pm).