Giants link ‘working well’

Date published: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
AFTER several months in partnership with Super League club Huddersfield Giants, Oldham are delighted by the way the link-up is developing.

Oliver Roberts and Oldham-born Josh Johnson, two 20-year-old forwards, were the latest Giants players to turn out for the Roughyeds on dual registration in Sunday’s 42-6 win against Coventry at Whitebank in the new iPro Sport League One Cup.
Prop Nathan Mason (21), another young Giant who lives in Oldham, is at Whitebank on long-term loan.
And Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor will back his side’s fitness and stamina against any other team in League One thanks to the work of his new strength and conditioning coach Kane Daniels, who doubles up as a full-time member of the Giants’ backroom staff.
He works part-time for Oldham on a contract negotiated with Roughyeds and paid by them, but his appointment was a direct result of the partnership.
“Kane is doing a great job for us,” said Naylor. “He has introduced a lot of new stuff and taken our fitness to new levels.”
That was echoed by chairman Chris Hamilton, who wrote in his programme notes for the Coventry game: “Giants are very pro-active with us and are keen to help us to gain that elusive promotion.
“A key appointment was that of Kane Daniels. The players are fitter than they have ever been and that will be important as we go though the season,”
Giants have also expressed their satisfaction at the way things are going in the words of head coach Paul Anderson on the club’s website.
At Oldham, both chairman and coach have confirmed that the final decision on the use of dual registration players by Roughyeds on any given week is down to one man — Naylor.
And they have also revealed that dual-registration players must take part in at least two of the three training sessions at Oldham in the week before the game.
Each of the 14 clubs in League One is now linked to either a Super League or leading Championship club.
Said Hamilton: “It’s down to each pair of clubs to make it work, but the crux of it all lies in the word ‘partnership’. It’s got to be of mutual benefit.”
Naylor said the benefits to Giants were provided by exposing their young players to the rough-and-tumble of open-age rugby against men in the lower divisions — a toughening-up process which couldn’t be replicated anywhere else.
  • Oldham’s second-round tie at Barrow in the iPro Sport League One Cup will be played on Sunday, March 15, kick-off 2pm.
  • Fans are reminded that this Sunday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third-round tie against Coventry at Whitebank (3pm) is an all-pay game. Season tickets are not applicable.