Mo Agoro

Date published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
OLDHAM RL Club’s number of backs signed on for 2013 rose to six of the best today with the capture of former Leeds Rhinos winger Mo Agoro.
Born in Yorkshire 19 years ago, of a Nigerian father and a Caribbean mother, Mo is the third young player to join Roughyeds as a direct result of the RFL’s restructuring of age-related rugby beneath first-team level at Super League clubs.
He follows two young forwards from Widnes Vikings in Josh Crowley (21) and Liam Thompson (20).
The other backs under contract so far are long-serving Neil Roden, Jamie Dallimore, Chris Murphy, Steven Nield and new signing Dale Bloomfield from Rochdale Hornets, another specialist winger.
Agoro is the latest of several Leeds players in the past two seasons to be pointed in Oldham’s direction by former Watersheddings star Barrie McDermott, head of youth development at the Super League club.
Championship clubs Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams had also talked to the player or his agent, but it was Oldham who got him on a one-year deal after the player’s talks with club chairman Chris Hamilton.
Said Agoro: “I took into account what Barrie (McDermott) said of Oldham, and the club seemed really keen to sign me, so here I am. It’s a new challenge for me after three years at Leeds. I can’t wait to get started.”
Though the family home is in Leeds, he is temporarily based in Huddersfield as a student at the university there, working on a three-year course in exercise, physical activity and health.
Growing up in Leeds, he played as a junior at amateur clubs Drighlington and Hunslet Warriors before signing for Rhinos three years ago and working his way through the academy and development systems.
His rugby league idol is Leeds winger Ryan Hall, whom he rates as “one of the best in world rugby”.
He added: “I’m most at home on the wing, but I’ve also played quite a lot at centre and in the second-row.
“My ambition is to get back into Super League one day and make it big at that level.”
The Junction Inn, Ripponden Road is planning to run a coach to the final of the autumn international series between England and France at Salford on Sunday, November 11 (5pm kick off).
Deadline for booking is Thursday, November 8, but fans are asked to contact the Junction as soon as possible.