‘Langers’ in cup fitness fight

Date published: Thursday, March 5, 2015
EXCITING second-row man Danny Langtree may be given until Saturday to prove his fitness ahead of Oldham’s third-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Coventry Bears at Whitebank.

Coach Scott Naylor has hinted that he might make changes for Sunday’s tie (3pm kick-off) and one of them could hinge on Langtree’s late fitness test.
Hamstring trouble kept him out of last Sunday’s opener against Coventry in the new iPro Sport League One Cup —- only the third game he’s missed out of a possible 50 since Naylor took charge at Whitebank for the start of the 2013 season.
Only Josh Crowley, who’s played in EVERY game over the same two-season period, can better 24-year-old Langtree’s record of consistency.
The former St Helens junior played in 23 of the Roughyeds’ 24 games in 2013, scoring ten tries to finish second behind Adam Files (15) in the club’s list of try-scoring forwards.
He topped that list last year with 14 tries from 24 appearances out of a possible 25.
He was named ‘Rugby League World’ magazine’s Championship One player of the year and, with his second-row partner Crowley, was a joint winner of Naylor’s Roughyeds’ top-player award.
He didn’t play in the friendly at Leigh after pulling up in training the week before the game and a week later he played only five minutes at Barrow before suffering a recurrence.
Since then his fitness has been monitored at every training session and by Tuesday this week he had made sufficient progress to do light training in a solo session with physiotherapist Patrick Hoyte.
Providing he hasn’t suffered a reaction, his training might be stepped up a level at tonight’s session.