IT hasn’t taken long for Oldham RL Club to see the benefits of their new link-up with Salford City Reds.
Hooker Adam Files (19), said to be one of the Super League club’s brightest young prospects, has joined Roughyeds on a season-long loan.
A Salford lad, he played his early rugby with Warrington amateurs Woolston, where his father was a coach.
He signed for the City Reds aged 15 and started off in their Foundation squad, working his way through the under-18s to the reserves where he was coached by Lee Spencer, now assistant boss at Whitebank, and won player-of-the-year awards in 2011.
Alan Hunte, head of youth at Salford, felt Files was ready for Championship One rugby and would benefit from a season at Oldham.
Roughyeds’ boss Scott Naylor, who knew Files well from his own connections at Salford, was delighted to take him on as the 21st member of his squad.
Oldham were keen to negotiate a long-term loan with their new partners, having previously stressed their preference for a degree of permanence in any such transfers.
Said Naylor: “We’ve got him for the season, and I’m very pleased to have him.
“I’ve known Adam, and watched him play, for a few years and there is absolutely no doubt that he will be an extremely useful addition to the squad.
“He’s an intelligent player, and very quick. On top of that he’s a good, young professional who is ready and keen to listen and learn.
“He’s primarily a hooker, but he will give us options all over the park.
“He definitely has the potential to make a big impact and to make people sit up and take note.”
Files becomes the first loan player in the squad and the third 19-year-old alongside his former Salford colleague Callum Marriott, a prop, and speedy ex-Leeds Rhinos winger Mo Agoro.
He said: “It’s good to link up again with Spanner (Lee Spencer). I’m looking forward to having a season at Whitebank with the opportunity to experience first-team rugby. It should be good.”