Dan’s the man on dual reg

Date published: Friday, June 14, 2013
OLDHAM are likely to have two new boys in the team on Sunday —- Anthony Bowman from Halifax and Dan Brotherton from Salford.

The Roughyeds last night completed the month-long loan signings of 21-year-old Bowman, a loose-forward or half-back, and 19-year-old Jon Ford, a centre who has already played five games for Scott Naylor’s side on dual registration from Salford City Reds.

They also brought in, on dual registration, 21-year-old Brotherton, a 6ft 5in winger who once finished third in a race at Headingley to find the fastest man in rugby league.

Naylor had planned to recruit two dual-reg men from his former club, but the City Reds had second thoughts on one of them.

Brotherton, however, links up once more with Naylor’s No 2 Lee Spencer, who last season coached Salford’s reserve team to runners-up place in a division for Super League second teams.

A convert from rugby union in the East Midlands, Brotherton was top try scorer for Spencer’s team after spells with ┬áSt Helens and Wakefield.

He originally played rugby union with the Northampton club’s academy before scoring three tries in two matches while on trial at St Helens, where he became a part-time pro.

He moved to Salford in 2012.

Mo Agoro’s ankle injury looks certain to keep the winger out of Sunday’s tough test against South Wales Scorpions in Neath (3pm kick off) and in Brotherton the Roughyeds now have a ready-made replacement.

The team won’t be finalised until tomorrow, but Roughyeds have confirmed that Bowman, Ford and Brotherton will all be up for selection, as will centre David Cookson, who was unavailable last week for the North Wales Crusaders game.

Oldham (from): Lepori, Agoro, Brotherton, Ford, Nield, Cookson, Bloomfield, Palfrey, Hughes, Roden, Joy, Gee, Files, Boults, Ward, Gilchrist, Crowley, Langtree, Hobson, Thompson, Bowman, Bradley.