Fit-again Files looks to the future

Date published: Thursday, November 6, 2014
ADAM Files has left the pain, anguish and frustration of the last eight months behind him to sign a new contract with Oldham Rugby League Club.
He hopes 2015 will be as good as 2013 — and he is sweating on the right knee that wiped out his 2014 season once again allowing him to showcase his many talents in the Oldham jersey.
“I’ve been given the all-clear. Fingers crossed, the nightmare is over,” said Files. “Before this, I hadn’t missed a single game through injury. So you can imagine how frustrating it was to miss virtually a full season. It was a sickener.”
The former Salford youngster has penned a new one-year deal to join Josh Crowley, Danny Langtree, Kenny Hughes, Jarrod Ward, Steve Roper, David Cookson, Jake Hughes, Steven Nield, Michael Ward, Phil Joy, Lewis Palfrey, Tom Dempsey and Richard Joy in a squad that is rapidly taking shape.
Described by coach Scott Naylor as a player of “fantastic” potential, the 21-year-old hooker had a superb 2013, while on loan from Salford, but was dogged by injury last season after becoming a fully-fledged Oldham player.
In his first year at Whitebank he scored 15 tries in an ever-present 24 appearances and was second only in the club’s try charts to 21-try, on-loan centre Jon Ford.
Naylor couldn’t get Files’s signature on an Oldham deal quickly enough when the hooker was released by Salford, but a cruel blow was lurking round the corner for club and player.
After the first two games of last season, Files hurt the knee in training and was to miss the rest of the season apart from a brief appearance in the home win against York in mid-May.
He took to the field as a substitute, but lasted only seven minutes before he suffered a recurrence. He cut a disconsolate figure as he hobbled off the field and straight up the tunnel.
He had already had an inconclusive scan at Salford Royal Hospital and after this latest setback he went back for exploratory surgery.
Said Files: “Initially I was told it might be cartilage trouble, then they talked about ligament damage. I was out for the best part of a year, but I’ve had loads of rehab and the latest reports have given me the go-ahead to train and play.
“I seem to be getting there now. I’ve been doing a lot of running and work on weights and I’ve come through all right.
“I was made up to get the all-clear and then to sign a new contract. I can’t wait for the start of pre-season training and the chance to work out again with the rest of the squad instead of on my own.”
Said Naylor: “Adam has been out for so long that it will be like having a new player in the squad, and that’s good.
“In my opinion, he is a fantastic player who is much under-rated in some quarters.
“He has everything you need to be a good hooker. He was one of our best players in 2013. We are very lucky to have him.”