Jarrod Ward blow for OldhamDate published: Thursday, June 4, 2015
WINGER Jarrod Ward has left Oldham RL Club with immediate effect to take a full-time job outside rugby in France.
His shock departure was described by coach Scott Naylor as “a blow for the team, the squad and the club”.
Oldham-born Ward (21) was working in the south of France last close season when Roughyeds signed him on a one-year contract.
He played most of last season for Gloucester All Golds while out on loan from Halifax. He was reared by Championship and Super League clubs since he was 13, having also been at Salford and Bradford Bulls.
In this his first season with Oldham, he has been a regular in the side, appearing in 12 of the Roughyeds’ 13 games (nine wins) in cup and league and scoring four tries.
He has been on the left wing in all but one of those games, the exception being at Barrow in the iPro Sport Cup quarter-final in March when he gave an outstanding performance at full-back in a 32-10 win.
Since the opening day of the season he has been sponsored by French firm Beauchamp Properties.
Added Naylor: “It’s a blow, but we wish Jarrod all the best and hope everything goes well for him.
“He has been offered a job he couldn’t turn down and as a young man with all his future ahead of him he has made the sort of decision we will always respect. He said it was a hard decision to make, but we fully understand the reasons behind it.
“His family are in France so he won’t be on his own over there.
“He thought about it long and hard and he’s genuinely sad to be leaving, but he’s made his decision and he’s sticking to it.
“He’s going this weekend so he’s played his last game for us.
“He’s a willing lad with huge potential and he was improving week by week as the season went on. He was more than adequate at both wing and full-back. We’ll miss him.”
+ Widnes, with its artificial pitch, will host the 2015 Kingstone Press Finals Day on Sunday, October 4.
The Conference Challenge Trophy final will start at 11.30am, followed by the League One play-off final at 2pm and concluded by the Championship Shield final at 4.30pm.
The League One play-off will include five clubs and will determine the second promotion place. At the end of the regular season, the top team will play the second team for the right to go up as champions.
The loser will go into the play-off which will feature 1 or 2 v 5 and 3 v 4, with the winners to contest the final at Widnes.