Gregg McNally back with Roughyeds

Date published: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Roughyeds are pleased to announce that they have added to their squad for the remainder of the season with the capture on loan of Gregg McNally from Huddersfield Giants.

The Cumbrian, a half-back, played four games on an initial one-month’s loan recently and was then transferred back to the Giants, one reason being that Roughyeds were without a game for three weeks.

However, talks between the clubs have produced a new agreement in which McNally will return to Roughyeds immediately and will stay on loan to the end of Oldham’s season.

The 19-year-old McNally expressed the view at the end of his fourth and final game in his initial loan spell that he would like to come back to Roughyeds for a longer stay and he got his wish when our club chairman Chris Hamilton successfully concluded talks with Huddersfield on Tuesday evening.

Coach Tony Benson immediately declared that he now had the services of three of the best halves in the division in Neil Roden, Matty Ashe and McNally, and that competition for places would be stiff, not only at half back but throughout the team.

Chris H said: “This is another statement of our intent. Gregg showed what a good player he is during his month here when he became increasingly influential within the team with each game he played.

“Everybody had an off day when he made his debut against Hunslet,but in the following games against Workington, Blackpool and Doncaster his influence on the team was there for all to see.

“Over the course of the next few weeks, during the all-important run-in, we are going to need a lot of players.

“We will require as much overall strength in the squad as we can muster and to have Gregg available to us will be a huge plus.

“My thanks go to Huddersfield Giants for their help and co-operation in making this possible. Hopefully, it will be a move thatr will work out satisfactorily for all concerned.”

Coach Tony Benson said Roughyeds now had three of the best halves in the division in Neil Roden, Matty Ashe and McNally.

He added: “When he was on his inititial loan period with us Gregg did really well and fitted in with us as though he had always been with us. He seemed to be one of us from day one.

“He enjoyed his rugby here and he went better and better with each game. He was keen to come back too.

“A couple of things needed to be sorted out with Huddersfield, but Chris (Hamilton) sorted those out and I am delighted to have Gregg coming back to us as part of a squad that is looking forward to big challenges ahead.”