Foxen still believes

Date published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

WITH six games left, hopefully followed by play-offs, Oldham RL new boy Rob Foxen believes Roughyeds can still give fans plenty to shout about in the next two months.

The battering-ram winger, who tips the scales at 17 stones, will make his home debut against London Skolars on Sunday (3pm), having joined on loan from Swinton and having played his first game in Oldham colours at Whitehaven.

He made a big impact off the right wing, earning the plaudits of Roughyeds boss Tony Benson and his Whitehaven counterpart Don Gailer.

“It was a bad result,” said Foxen, “but going off what the other players said the performance was a big improvement and one to build on over the rest of the season.

“Eighteen points are still up for grabs. That’s a lot of rugby, so there’s still plenty to play for, including a place in the top-six play-offs.”

Foxen (24) played his early rugby with amateurs Folly Lane before signing for Salford City Reds at 18 and spending three years there in the senior academy side.

He played second-row at Folly Lane, but he was used as a prop at Salford, where he collected a pile of injuries.

They included a broken leg (twice), a smashed collar bone and a broken jaw (twice), not to mention a couple of hernia operations.

He added: “I was playing under-21s rugby from the age of 18, and I was constantly in hospital for surgery.

“I had always fancied having a go as a winger, so when I moved to Swinton three years ago I told them I wanted a fresh start on the wing, and they agreed.

“I always wanted to be known as a big winger rather than a fast front=row forward.

“When I was given the opportunity to play on the wing I took to it right away — and I certainly wouldn’t want to go back into the pack now.

“I can offer a lot more as a strong-running winger, not only on kick-returns, but on attack as a finisher and also to help out the forwards in clearing our own try line.

“My game is all about running and trying to make life as difficult as possible for defences.”

Away from rugby, Foxen used to run a night club in Huddersfield with former Oldham player Phil Joseph, but they sold it a few months ago and he is now looking for new full-time employment.

In the meantime, he supplements his income from rugby league by doing part-time Super League statistical work for Sky Sports.