Langtree ‘plays it tough’

Date published: Thursday, April 18, 2013

SCOTT Naylor has placed Danny Langtree on a pedestal labelled “tough cookie” to further advance the growing reputation of Oldham’s young second-row forward.

In his two years at Whitebank before Naylor’s arrival, Langtree hardly got a first-team look-in, making only two appearances off the bench at the back end of last season in teams picked by the then caretaker boss Martin Roden.
All that was to change when Naylor came in as boss on a two-year contract with his former Salford City Reds coaching colleague Lee Spencer as his No 2.
They quickly identified Langtree’s potential, moved him from prop to second-row and threw him in at the deep end alongside another back-row rookie, Josh Crowley.
Nine games later they are still there and are now two of the first names to go on the team sheet every week, having surpassed early expectations.
As one of three Oldham players named in the latest Premier Sports Championship One team of the week, 22-year-old Langtree also figured in the top five players of the week, earning points which count towards a player-of-the-year award.
He was joined in the team of the week by two more young Roughyeds — full-back Richard Lepori (21) and winger Mo Agoro, who has just turned 20.
Said Naylor: “All three deserve this accolade, but none more so than Langtree. They are all dedicated young players who are working hard to improve their performances and it’s nice to see them recognised in this way.
“Langtree is a tough kid. There are lots of things I like about him.
“He runs hard, defends hard and plays it tough. I like that in a young forward. I can only see him getting better and better.
“I had Lepori at Salford so I know him inside out. He’s also a good kid; a dream to coach and a player with pace who could be playing at a higher level.
“Agoro came from Leeds on Barrie McDermott’s recommendation — a quiet boy, only young, but give him the ball ten yards out and he’s going to score.
“He’s keen to learn and improve and as he gains in experience I can see him going on to bigger and better things.
“We have a lot of young players in the squad, most of them playing at this level for the first time, and it’s good to see them coming along so well.”
The team of the week also includes Oxford and former Oldham duo John Clough and Valu Bentley, who will be returning to Whitebank on Sunday week, April 28, with several more ex-Roughyeds in an Oxford side coached by Tony Benson.
Clough was named at hooker and Bentley in the second-row —- alongside Langtree.