‘Langers’ signs new 2-year dealDate published: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
PLANNING for next season, promotion-seeking Oldham RL Club have retained Danny Langtree on a new two-year contract.
Described by club chairman Chris Hamilton as the “ultimate in tough professionals”, the 24-year-old former St Helens junior will have been at Whitebank seven years by the time his new deal runs out.
It’s his first two-year agreement with the club and it dovetails with coach Scott Naylor’s current three-year commitment which runs to the end of the 2017 season.
Stability among coaching staff and senior players is considered to be a key element in the quest for success moving forward.
Said Naylor, of the second-row man whose two late tries saw off Swinton Lions on Sunday: “He was already at the club when I arrived and I’m delighted he’s staying with us. That says a lot about his loyalty to the club that signed him initially as a 19-year old.
“He trains hard, plays hard and fans won’t need me to tell them how committed he is and how important he is to us within the team framework.
“He isn’t a big talker, but he’s established himself as a team leader because of his strength of character and the example he sets with how he plays. That’s how he gets his point across.
“He loves playing for Oldham and he deserves immense credit for all he has contributed to the club over the last five years.”
‘Rugby League World’ magazine named him Championship One player-of-the-year in 2014.
“Danny’s been with us a few years and he’s got better and better each year,” added chairman Hamilton.
“He’s a tough character who won’t flinch when going into a game carrying an injury, as he was last Sunday when he scored two crucial tries.
“His two-year deal, as opposed to the customary one-year contract, will be beneficial to both Danny and the club.”
Langtree’s first two seasons were spent in the reserves, but he became an immediate first-team regular on Naylor’s arrival for the start of the 2013 campaign.
Since then, he has played in 70 of a possible 75 games, scoring 36 tries.
This season, he is the Roughyeds’ top try-scoring forward with 12 — one more than his second-row partner Josh Crowley.
“I’m very happy at Oldham, and always have been,” said Langtree. “We’ve had a great season and now we’re all looking forward to the final promotion push.
“It looks like we’ll be playing Keighley for the right to go up — a tough game against a very experienced side, but on our day at Whitebank we’ll have at least as good a chance as them.”