Date published: Friday, March 22, 2013

OLDHAM new boy Liam Thompson, who had a shoulder operation soon after signing, is likely to play his first match in Roughyeds colours next month.

Back in full training, he is said to be “looking good” and planning to launch his Oldham career in the under-20s against Rochdale at Whitebank on Friday night, April 5 or at Keighley the following Thursday, April 11.
The 21-year-old former Widnes forward comes from the same stable as his ex-Vikings team mate at Super League reserve team level, Josh Crowley.
Once he is back to full match fitness and ready to push for a place in the senior side, coach Scott Naylor expects him to impress in the Roughyeds jersey, just like Crowley.
He said: “Another week or so and Liam will be ready. He’s very skilful, as he shows in training, and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.
“He’ll give us options at loose-forward, and that’s good.
“I’ve monitored his progress coming up through the youth systems at Widnes, alongside Crowley, and he has the potential to be a very good player for us; another young player who has come to Oldham with the right pedigree.
“And because he hasn’t played for us yet it will be like bringing in a new addition to the squad.”