Loan spot up for grabs

Date published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
WITH the play-offs only six weeks away and several of his Oldham RL players nursing injuries, Scott Naylor hopes to bring in another player on loan.
He has one spot available — and he doesn’t want to waste it.
“I’m looking around, and it would be nice to bring somebody else in, but only if he’s the right man for the job,” said the Roughyeds’ boss.
“It isn’t easy because at this stage of the season clubs want to keep hold of their players, but we are certainly trying and looking at options.”
Oldham go to London Skolars on Sunday (3pm) with a major doubt surrounding centre David Cookson, who dislocated a wrist in the 24-23 win against Hunslet Hawks.
If he misses this game, to be played at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stadium of Enfield Town FC in Middlesex (EN1 3PL), he will have a further two weeks in which to recover for the next one against Hemel Stags at Whitebank on August 17.
Half-back Steven Roper, who hurt an elbow against Hunslet, will be fit for the London trip, but the club’s medical staff are still working on Dale Bloomfield (dead leg) and Kenny Hughes (ankle ligaments).
Bloomfield was able to train with the squad last night, but Hughes was restricted to solo work under the supervision of physiotherapists.
Oldham have four players — more than any other club — in the Kingstone Press Championship One team of the week.
Winger Adam Clay, half-back Lewis Palfrey, prop Phil Joy and second-row man Danny Langtree were all rewarded for their fine displays against the Hawks.
Top team: Watson (Hunslet); Crabtree (Oxford), Pring (South Wales), Carleton (South Wales), Clay (OLDHAM); Emanuelli (South Wales), Palfrey (OLDHAM); Joy (OLDHAM), Stamp (Gateshead), Macdonald (London Skolaers), Payne (Gateshead), Langtree (OLDHAM), Williams (London Skolars).
First-team squad members Paddy Mooney, Danny Whitmore and Mark Hobson play for the under-20s tonight (7.30pm) against Leigh Centurions at the ground of amateurs Leigh East, which forms part of the Leigh Sports Village.
Leigh top the table with 16 wins from 17 games, having averaged an astonishing 54 points per match. They won 42-10 at Whitebank in the first game of the season.
Winger Michael Parr, from Ince Rose Bridge, makes his Roughyeds debut, while 17-year-old Tom Dempsey, the youngest pro at Whitebank, is given a run in his favourite stand-off half spot after playing most of the season at full-back.
Team: Singleton; Parr, Campbell, Partington, Dootson; Dempsey, Hughes; Mooney, Whitmore, R Joy, A Joy, Hobson, Hall. Subs: Buckley-Mayall, Wareing, B Roden, Ball.
Said coach Neil Roden, who has a testimonial dinner at Whitebank on Saturday, August 9: “The boys are keen to have a go at the league leaders.
“It will be interesting to see how far we have progressed since they beat us at Whitebank in March.”