Jamie I’Anson

Date published: Saturday, April 10, 2010

JAMIE I’Anson, who played in South Wales for two years with Celtic Crusaders, is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be in the Roughyeds party travelling to Neath tomorrow (Sunday) for the game against South Wales Scorpions at The Gnoll (2.00pm kick off).

When Oldham last played down there, at Bridgend in 2007, Jamie was a Crusaders substitute in a match televised by Sky which Roughyeds won 34-26.

Our coach Tony Benson has not yet named his squad to travel, but Jamie is said to be in contention although he has played only once at senior level since returning to the club last month.

Interviewed by the South Wales media, he was quoted as follows on the Scorpions’ website:

“I hope I’m in as I’m looking forward to coming down and seeing old faces on and off the field.

“I played alongside Scorpions players such as Craig Richards, Ash Bateman, Lee Williams, Aled James, Ben Flowers, Gil Dudson and Barrie Phillips when we were all at the Crusaders so I’m sure I’ll be catching up with them.

“I’m also looking forward to seeing the fans again as I’ve heard that a lot who used to follow Crusaders are now watching the Scorpions. I made friends with lots of them during my two years in Wales and they always treated me well. It will be brilliant to catch up with a few of them after the game.

“I want to help Oldham to promotion this season. Obviously, we will be taking each game as it comes. The club has a low budget this year but they have put together an experienced, well-bonded team.

“There are no well-paid prima donnas, everyone just wants to do well for each other and to put their bodies on the line for their team mates. I really enjoy playing for the club.”

Of the 29 players at Scorpions only Loz Wildbore is not qualified to represent the Wales national team, while 26 of them were born and bred in the principality.

Dudson, Flowers, Phillips and Williams face late fitness checks, but Joe Burke’s performance in last week’s home defeat by Hunslet means he is likely to keep his place in the team.

Looking ahead to the game, Queensland-born coach Anthony Seibold said: “We are learning from one game to the next. We are showing some improvement individually and collectively.

“I knew at some stage our lack of experience at this level would hurt us if we weren’t on our game and the lessons we were taught from Hunslet will hold us in good stead. Hunslet, Oldham and Blackpool provide the benchmark in this competition.

“Preparation and individual performance need to improve but this is something the players are learning, having come from varied backgrounds and having various rugby league experience.

“I’m really positive and upbeat on how far we have come in such a short time as a group and we are looking forward to playing Oldham who are undefeated and at the top of their game in this division.”