More on Roden

Date published: Thursday, August 9, 2012

HAVING taken over as Oldham RL Club’s caretaker boss, Martin Roden has put his playing career on hold.

The 32-year-old hooker will not be picking himself and will be concentrating all his energies on his new role as head coach.

His appointment as Tony Benson’s successor for the remainder of the season was conditional upon him removing his name from the playing roster.

“It makes sense, and Martin knows that,” said chairman Chris Hamilton.

Roden will be in charge of team affairs for the three remaining league games against Doncaster, Workington Town and Gateshead, plus play-off matches should Roughyeds finish in the top six.

In the meantime the job of head coach, which Benson has had for the past four seasons, will be advertised in the trade press.

Danny Whitmore, recovering from a broken hand, was sent home from training on Tuesday night because he was feeling unwell.

Centre David Cookson is having treatment for a dead leg, but he is expected to be fit for Sunday’s game against second-placed and already-promoted Doncaster at Whitebank (3pm kick off).

Roughyeds have not yet given up hope of bringing in at least one new player before tomorrow’s signing deadline, but time is running out.

The reserves are at Halifax tomorrow (Fri) night in a second v third play-off tie (8pm kick off).

They hope to be strengthened by the return from injury of Ben Hinsley and Chris Dean, but coach Paul Ashton won’t name his squad until later.

The funeral of former Hunslet, Oldham and Great Britain centre Geoff Shelton will be held tomorrow (Fri) at 1pm at Harrogate Crematorium, Wetherby Road, Harrogate.

He died last week, aged 72, after being unwell for a long time.

A first-class centre, Shelton played for Hunslet at Wembley in a classic 1965 Challenge Cup final against Wigan; won seven Great Britain caps; and toured Australia with GB in 1966.

He joined Oldham the following year for a transfer fee of £6,250, but 26 matches and one year later he moved to Warrington for £2,500, playing 17 games before retiring due to injury.

For several years after that he was landlord of the Coach and Horses public house at Waterhead.