Ellision fully fit

Date published: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BIG prop David Ellison, fully fit now after a serious elbow dislocation which ended his 2011 season last July, will be back with Oldham RL Club next year.

The 29-year-old former Wigan, Swinton and London Skolars player — a centre in his younger days — has signed a new one-year deal with Roughyeds to cover his third season with the club.

He was a 28-game ever-present in 2010 and he had figured in 17 out of 20 competitive games last season before he was injured in the 40-20 win against Whitehaven at Whitebank on July 3.

[singlepic id=550 w=320 h=240 float=left]One of the club’s many injury victims, he missed the last six league games and the play-off defeat at Rochdale, joining a long-term casualty list which had already claimed Mick Fogerty, Lucas Onyango, Chris Clarke and Bruce Johnson.

The loss of front-row forwards Ellison, Clarke and Johnson, to be followed in August by the departure of another, the emigrating Luke Sutton, was a massive setback yet Roughyeds still went into the play-offs on the back of seven wins out of nine.

“We missed Elly (Ellison) badly over the last two months of the season,” said coach Tony Benson, “and it would have made a big difference had he been around.

“He suffered a horrific injury, but he’s in good shape again and I’m delighted he has re-signed. He adds a lot to the pack, particularly to the front-row.

“He’s a big boy with speed and a sidestep of which a centre would be proud. Furthermore, he’s passionate about playing for Oldham.”

Roughyeds will have no shortage of props next time round, with old heads in Ellison (29), Jason Boults (28) and new signing Danny Heaton (30), backed up by young guns in Clarke (22), Liam Gilchrist (22) and Danny Langtree (20).

Ellison, regional operations manager for a national chain of coffee shops, has been training regularly for the past month in Martin Roden’s gym in Wigan.

“My arm and elbow are as strong now as they were before the injury,” he said, “and I’ll be ready to go flat out in pre-season training when it starts soon.

“Last season ended early for me. I seem to have been out for ages and I can’t wait to get cracking again. It was totally frustrating to be sidelined for so long, particularly towards the end when so much was at stake.

“The Whitehaven game in which I was injured gave us our third win in a row, but I didn’t contribute much because I was hurt on my first touch of the ball after coming off the bench.

“I hit a short ball near the line and I thought I was going to score, but as I stretched for the line two defenders landed on my arm and it buckled under the weight. That was it for me, season over.

“All I think about now, though, is 2012. The signs are very promising and very positive. We are putting a good squad together with a nice blend of youth and experience, and with a few young chaps itching to be given their chance.

“If we get a better start than last season I think we’ll do very well indeed.”