BATLEY’S Danny Whitmore is on his way back to Oldham, initially on a month’s loan.
Roughyeds expect to complete the deal in time for 24-year-old Whitmore to figure in plans for Sunday’s league game at Hemel Stags (3pm kick off).
He can play hooker or half-back, as he did in his three seasons at Oldham, but he will be returning to his hometown club exclusively as a half-back to fill the vacancy created by Jamie Dallimore’s departure.
This left coach Scott Naylor with only two recognised half-backs in new club captain Lewis Palfrey and the long-serving club stalwart he replaced as leader, Neil Roden.
Whitmore will become a third half-back, providing Naylor with choice for the two key decision-making roles, one on either side of the field.
A former Waterhead junior, Whitmore spent several years in Salford City Reds’ academy before signing for Oldham at the start of the 2010 season.
As a Salford scholar he was coached regularly in his formative years by both Naylor and his Roughyeds’ right-hand man Lee Spencer.
Having moved to Roughyeds, he scored ten tries in 57 games, 44 of them off the bench.
In three seasons here, he became a firm favourite of the Whitebank faithful, who admired his total commitment and willingness to always give 100 per cent.
It was at the end of last season that he and player-of-the-year full-back Miles Greenwood accepted offers to move up a division and sign contracts for John Kear’s Batley Bulldogs, currently lying fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Naylor said of Whitmore: “At Batley, he hasn’t been getting as much game time as he would have liked, and he is keen to move back on loan to renew acquaintance with some of his mates from last year and also to turn back the clock to be coached again by ‘Spanner’ (Spencer) and myself.
“He’s happy for me to consider him just as a half-back and he’s looking forward to doing that job for us.
“He’s a good listener, a strong athlete and a player with a great attitutude and work ethic.
“Needless to say, we hope he will provide us with the kind of rugby we all know he is capable of.”