Date published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BEATEN twice already by Oldham this season, Rochdale Hornets have re-signed veteran half-back Chris Hough ahead of their upcoming Kingstone Press Championship One campaign.

Oldham-born Hough (31) finished last season as caretaker player-coach at Spotland after John Stankevitch resigned.
He had an eye on possible promotion to head coach, but the job went to Ian Talbot of St Helens as part of the link-up between Rochdale and Saints.
Hough duly left Spotland to coach and play for his local rugby union club in Littleborough, but Hornets have now persuaded him to return to the fold as a player only.
Said Talbot: “We’ve lacked experience so far, and a bit of bite in the middle, but Houghie is a natural leader and I’m delighted he’s back.”
Oldham start and finish their Kingstone Press Championship One campaign against the old enemy, whom they play at Whitebank on Good Friday (March 29) and at Spotland on Thursday, August 15 in a game to be televised live by Premier Sports.
In the most important game of the three early-season Oldham-Rochdale clashes, Hornets will be out to avenge their 22-20 Law Cup defeat at Spotland and their 26-10 reverse at Whitebank in the Northern Rail Cup.
Before then, Roughyeds go to South Wales on Sunday (3pm) in their fourth and final NRC group game, while the under-20s take on South Wales under-20s at Whitebank on Saturday (2.30pm kick off).
It will be the first time the club’s new under-20s squad have played on Whitebank this season, having lost two away games at Leigh (28-14) and at Rochdale (26-12).