Giants boost for dual-reg lads

Date published: Wednesday, December 23, 2015
FOUR of the young Huddersfield Giants players who did a great job for Oldham on loan or dual-registration last season are included in the Super League club’s 28-man first-team squad for 2016.

Newly-promoted Roughyeds, now one of the 12 Championship clubs, have again linked up with the Giants, but it remains to be seen whether Jake Connor, Josh Johnson, Nathan Mason and Oliver Roberts will be made available to Scott Naylor this time round.
Oldham-born Mason made 16 appearances on loan to his home-town club in the promotion campaign and the prop-forward would have played even more games in red and white but for regulations which caused parent clubs to recall dual-reg and loan players ahead of signing deadlines in late July.
Connor played twice for Oldham; Johnson five times; Roberts eight times.
All four were handed jerseys when Giants boss Paul Anderson announced his squad for 2016 with Connor numbered 18, Johnson 19, Mason 21 and Roberts 22.
Roberts has since been named by ‘Rugby League World’ magazine as one of five youngsters with Super League clubs who are expected to make a mark at the top level in the coming season.
In a survey by a panel of leading journalists, RLW said of Roberts: “He didn’t feature for Huddersfield in 2015, but the 19-year-old is set to be a more prominent member of Paul Anderson’s side in 2016. Expect the Ireland international to flourish in a big year for the Giants.”
Naylor and Anderson, former team mates at Bradford Bulls, are in regular dialogue about Oldham’s use of young Giants for the mutual benefit of both clubs and they are expected to be in touch next week ahead of the Roughyeds’ pre-season games at Keighley on January 10, at Rochdale (Law Cup) on January 17 and at Barrow on January 24.
In a similar pattern to last year, Naylor has gone for three warm-up games, followed by a blank weekend before the Championship campaign begins with a home game against London Broncos at Bower Fold, Stalybridge on February 7.
Season tickets can be bought at Whitebank up to 5pm today and from 9am to noon tomorrow.