“Langers” in early guilty plea

Date published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
DANNY Langtree will miss only his second game in one and a half seasons when South Wales Scorpions come to Whitebank on Sunday.
Charged with a grade ‘B’ punching offence in Oldham’s 46-16 home win against London Skolars, he has entered an early guilty plea, which means he will be banned for one game.
The recommended sanction for a grade ‘B’ offence is a suspension of either one game or two, but an early guilty plea restricts punishment to one.
The decision to go down that route was taken after close scrutiny of the match DVD.
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “While we don’t think Danny was the instigator we can’t deny that he was guilty as charged.”
One half of an amazingly consistent and durable second-row pairing with Josh Crowley, 23-year-old former St Helens academy player Langtree turned out in 23 of Oldham’s 24 games last season and has played in all 12 (ten league and two cup-ties) this year.
Over the same period Crowley has played in every game — 36 in total.
Full-back Tom Whitehead, who lost his place to Steve Nield after the 38-12 defeat at Hunslet in April, has left the club.
He hasn’t attended training for the past few weeks, nor has he been in touch with the club, according to official sources.
Said the chairman: “In view of that he won’t be considered for inclusion in any of our future plans.”
Local lad Whitehead, who had been playing in Australia after leaving Salford’s academy set-up, joined Oldham towards the back end of last season and made three appearances.
He and Nield were always going to be competing for the full-back spot this year and Whitehead figured in most of the early-season games until the first league defeat at the South Leeds Stadium on Good Friday.