Four released in move for smaller squad

Date published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
OLDHAM RL Club have released several players as part of a plan to reduce and streamline their squad for the 2015 season.
Half-back Brett Robinson and forwards Paddy Mooney, Ben Wood and Mark Hobson will not be offered new deals.
 
Also going are top try scorer Dale Bloomfield and hooker Danny Whitmore, but unlike the other four, they are leaving of their own accord.
 
Bloomfield has told coach Scott Naylor he is joining another club — believed to be his former employers Rochdale Hornets — and Whitmore, it has emerged, left the club several weeks before the end of the season after losing his place to on-loan newcomer Gareth Owen.
 
“It was good to have them while they were here, but they decided Oldham was no longer for them and they have moved on,” said Naylor.
 
Of the four who have been released, Hobson was one of Naylor’s first signings when he succeeded Tony Benson as head coach two years ago.
 
Mooney, Robinson and Wood have had only one season under Naylor, although Wood had a short spell with the club when Benson was boss.
 
Revealing reasons for the decision to go with a significantly smaller squad in 2015, Naylor said there was a lot more to it than merely making financial cutbacks.
 
“At one point last year we had 27 players training regularly at first-team level, and all wanting a game at the weekend.
 
“It’s not right to have so many players on the register that you’ve got to be telling eight or nine of every week that their services won’t be required after they’ve been training three times that week.
 
“Any coach will tell you that one of the toughest jobs is telling players that they won’t be offered new deals and it was a real shame I had to have that conversation with Paddy Mooney, Ben Wood, Mark Hobson and Brett Robinson because they had shown outstanding professionalism all season although their first-team appearances were limited.
 
“We clearly couldn’t keep everybody once we had decided to go with a smaller squad, but they go with our best wishes and our hopes that they get another club.
 
“Looking ahead to what the new Kingstone Press League One will demand of us, we’ve had to look at what we’ve got; what we will need, including the signing of new players; and how we can best deliver it.”
 
Josh Crowley, Danny Langtree, Kenny Hughes, Steve Roper and new-boy Jarrod Ward are already tied up on new deals for next season and more signings are expected in the next few days.