OLDHAM RL have signed their fourth new player with the capture of experienced prop Chris Tyrer, who was at North Wales Crusaders last season.
Aged 27, and a native of St Helens, Tyrer’s first pro club was Salford where he was coached at academy level by the Roughyeds’ new boss Scott Naylor.
Mark Hobson, another Oldham new boy, was also a youngster at The Willows at the same time.
Like Hobson, Tyrer was keen to link up again with the man who tutored him in his teenage years.
“I was looking for another club and as soon as I heard Scott was the new boss at Oldham I gave him a call,” said Tyrer.
“He’s a good coach and I know what he expects of his players.
“He’ll have his sights on honours — no doubt about that.”
A product of St Helens amateurs Blackbrook, Tyrer toured Australia at youth level with BARLA Great Britain and then had a couple of seasons at Salford before moving to his home-town St Helens where he played in the under-21s.
After a short spell back at Blackbrook, Swinton was his next port of call, then Wrexham-based Crusaders.
He was a replacement prop, coming off the bench, when Clive Griffiths’s men pulled off a shock 36-32 win at Whitebank in May.
Added Tyrer: “Oldham are looking to build a hard-working squad with players who will graft for each other, and I’m looking forward to being part of it.”
Naylor said of the 16st7lb Tyrer: ” I know him well from our Salford days. He won’t take a backward step, and you need that in a front-rower.
“He’s versatile, with good skills and with an engine that enables him to play for long spells.”
Roughyeds now have eight players on contract for 2013 — all forwards apart from Neil Roden, Jamie Dallimore and Dale Bloomfield.
The new boys are Tyrer, winger Bloomfield (from Rochdale Hornets) and second-row men Hobson (Rochdale Hornets) and Josh Crowley (Widnes Vikings).
The Supporters’ Association, ORSA, and Higginshaw amateur club will have a joint race night on Friday (7.30pm start) at St Stephen’s Club, St Stephen’s Street, Oldham. Admission is free.