Ford back in timely tonicDate published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
LEAGUE One leaders Oldham have received a major tonic with the return to Whitebank of on-loan centre Jon Ford.
The 21-year-old Salford Red Devils player, a prolific try scorer for Roughyeds in three separate spells with Scott Naylor’s men, is back initially for one month.
He is due to resume training with Oldham tonight and is expected to be available for selection in Sunday’s top-three battle at Keighley Cougars (3pm).
With George Tyson set to miss the Keighley game and the following week’s Whitebank showdown with iPro Sport Cup winners North Wales Crusaders (June 7, 3pm) due to suspension, Ford’s return to the club is timed to perfection.
Said coach Naylor: “It’s good to have him back. This time I hope he’s able to stay a bit longer. We fully understand why Salford recalled him because of all their injury problems, but it’s nice to have him back and I’m looking forward to seeing him play for us again.
“His return will help immensely, particularly as George Tyson will miss the games against Keighley and North Wales.”
Earlier this season Ford scored seven tries in five loan games for Roughyeds before his full-time Super League employers pulled him back at the height of an injury crisis.
He rattled up four of those tries from the right-wing position in his final game against London Skolars at Whitebank on April 26.
They took his overall try-scoring record for Oldham to a hugely impressive 41 in 36 games, comprising of 21 in 2013, 13 in 2014 and seven so far this season.
Tyson and hooker Gareth Owen will both miss the Keighley and North Wales games after pleading guilty to punching in the last-minute brawl at Barrow.
But there is better news for Roughyeds with confirmation that Huddersfield’s dual-reg forward Josh Johnson, who also received two matches, will be free to play against North Wales because a Giants’ game will also count towards his ban.