Miles Greenwood

Date published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

OLDHAM RL Club’s failure to win promotion has cost them the services of this season’s top try scorer Miles Greenwood.

The 25-year-old full-back, outstanding in the Championship One campaign that ended in play-off defeat at Workington on Sunday, has signed for Batley Bulldogs on a one-year deal.

His intention was always to have one season only in the sport’s third tier — and as Roughyeds finished sixth, two places outside the promotion qualifiers, he was denied the option of going up with his home-town club.

“I’ve really enjoyed my one season at Whitebank. The only reason I’m moving on is to get back into the Championship,” said Oldham-born Greenwood, whose previous clubs were St Helens, Leigh and Halifax.

“I can only speak well of the Oldham club, players and fans.

“Playing for a club on my doorstep was a new experience for me, and I loved it. It’s different and it’s special. You want to make sure you do the club justice.

“It was bitterly disappointing to lose like we did at Workington. We were so close to pulling it off. It was an awful way to go, but that’s life. You move on.

“Over the full season I was happy with how I played, and that says a lot about how much I enjoyed my time here.

“The club knew from the day I signed that I didn’t want to be in Championship One for more than one season. I made that clear.

“I hoped that I would go back up with Oldham, but it wasn’t to be.

“Batley have given me that opportunity and I’m looking forward to a new challenge at the higher level.”

Having scored 18 tries, Greenwood lies fourth in Championship One’s list of leading try scorers — league and play-off games only — and he is the only player in the top seven from a club that failed to win promotion.

Above him are Lee Waterman of Doncaster (25), Elliott Miller of Workington (24) and Craig Calvert of Whitehaven (22).

Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton paid tribute to Greenwood’s commitment and all-round contribution over the season.

He added: “Miles was only available to us in the first place due to an unusual set of circumstances.

“We knew we had signed a Championship player who would be plying his trade in Championship One. In terms of consistency, he was our stand-out player over the full season, playing well even when we were struggling.

“He made a huge contribution. We thank him for that and wish him well at Batley.”

Several trophies will be up for grabs at the club’s end-of-season presentation dinner at Whitebank on Friday. Tickets priced £20, including three-course meal, are available at the Roughyeds office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel, 0161 628 3677).