Davidson,Files on board

Date published: Monday, February 3, 2014
ALEX Davidson, a young prop from Salford, has joined Oldham RL on season-long loan to follow up the capture on a one-year contract of highly-rated hooker Adam Files.
The two 21-year-olds played in the Roughyeds’ side which produced an encouraging first pre-season performance in a 16-6 defeat at Championship club Barrow yesterday.
Davidson has played two games for Salford in Super League, the first when he was 18.
Said Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor: “He had a big game for us at Barrow and I’m absolutely delighted to get him on loan for the full season.
“I’ve had my eye on him for a bit. He’s done all his pre-season training with Salford and he didn’t come to us until Saturday morning, so to play like he did at Barrow when he was thrown in like that says a lot about the lad.
“He’s got all his career ahead of him and I expect him to go really well for us this year.”
Naylor was also pleased to acquire Files on contract as a fully-fledged Oldham player, having had him on loan from Salford all last season.
When it became known that Salford had made him available to move on, two or three Championship clubs rivalled Roughyeds for his signature.
Said Naylor: “What other clubs do is no concern of mine. All that matters to me is that Adam has chosen Oldham as the club with which he wishes to pursue and develop his career and I think that says a lot about Roughyeds and what we are trying to build here.
“He was unfortunate not to get our 2013 player-of-the-year trophy and we wanted him back from day one. After the end of last season I kept in touch with Brian Noble (Salford coach) about him, but initially we were planning to get him on loan again or on dual registration.
“As things have turned out, he’s our player now and I couldn’t be more pleased. He’s improving all the time. He’s going to be a great player for us.”
Roughyeds picked up knocks on a heavy pitch at Barrow with forwards Michael Ward, Liam Thompson and Danny Whitmore all limping off in the second half with ankle or foot injuries.
Naylor said none of the injuries was serious and that everyone who played at Craven Park was expected to be fit for next Sunday’s run out against Swinton Lions at Whitebank.
Of the performance at Barrow, he said: “We were understandably rusty in the first half when a couple of individual mistakes led to Barrow tries.
“We spoke about it at half time. We were better in the second half; more patient in possession and that earned us repeat sets on two or three occasions.
“There was very little difference, if any, between the sides in the second half. The new signings all did well in what was a highly encouraging first hit out against a team from a higher division.”