Meet the players night

Date published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

OLDHAM RL will officially launch their new season with a meet-the-players evening for supporters in the Whitebank club on Saturday, February 23 (7.30pm).

Coach Scott Naylor, his assistant Lee Spencer and under-20s coach Phil Costin will be there as well as the 22 players who currently make up the first-team squad.
Admission is free and Naylor and his players, who include 12 new signings, hope as many fans as possible will take up this meet-and-greet opportunity.
Highlight of the evening will be the presentation to players of squad numbers, which they will wear in every game irrespective of the positions in which they are playing.
Numbering by position will apply in Sunday’s Law Cup game at Rochdale (3pm kick off) but, by order of the RFL, the squad system will be reintroduced this year, starting with the first pool ties in the Northern Rail Cup, in which Roughyeds travel to Wrexham to play North Wales Crusaders on Sunday, March 3 (2.30pm).
The dozen new boys include 22-year-old club captain Lewis Palfrey, who led the side for the first time in a 34-22 pre-season victory over a Salford City Reds squad at Whitebank last Sunday.
Other first-timers on the Roughyeds social scene will be Sunday’s man of the match Josh Crowley (21), wingers Mo Agoro (19) and Dale Bloomfield (25), second-rowers Mark Hobson (26) and Liam Thompson (21), props Chris Tyrer (27) and Callum Marriott (19), hookers Sam Gee (25) and Adam Files (19), centre Danny Samuel (27) and utility back Richard Lepori (21).
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “Because we have new coaches, a lot of new players and more new people among the match-day backroom staff we felt fans would welcome the chance to mix and mingle with them in a social environment before the real business starts on the following weekend.”
Of the new signings, all but Thompson, who is recovering from a shoulder operation, and Lepori, who took a slight knock in training last week, played in Oldham jerseys for the first time against Salford.
Lepori was left out as a precaution and he is expected to be in contention for Sunday’s derby clash at Spotland, in which Roughyeds will be bidding to retain the trophy they won at Whitebank when it was last contested in 2011.