More signings next weekDate published: Friday, October 9, 2015
OLDHAM RL Club will announce more signings next week as chairman and coach beaver away at building a squad they believe will be competitive in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Their 11 opponents in the sport’s second tier, several of them operating on a full-time basis, will be Bradford Bulls, London Broncos, Sheffield Eagles, Leigh Centurions, Halifax, Featherstone, Dewsbury Rams, Batley Bulldogs, Workington, Whitehaven and the other promoted club, Swinton Lions.
Roughyeds and Swinton, promoted from League One, replace relegated Doncaster and Hunslet, the latter going down after only one season in the Championship.
Chairman Chris Hamilton and coach Scott Naylor have already said publicly that enthusiasm and ambition has to be tempered by realism and an acceptance that merely to survive in that company at the first time of asking has to be considered a success.
A dozen signings have been announced so far, including four newcomers in Barrow back-row man Craig Briscoe, Halifax prop Jack Spencer, York winger Jamel Chisholm and Hunslet stand-off Danny Grimshaw.
The other eight are Danny Langtree, Josh Crowley, Phil Joy, Gareth Owen and Michael Ward (forwards) and Lewis Palfrey, Tom Ashton and Adam Clay (backs), who have agreed new deals to stay at Whitebank.
Nine of the 12 have signed one-year contracts, the exceptions being second-row pair Langtree and Crowley, who have each committed to two years, and new-boy Spencer, son of assistant coach Lee Spencer, whose agreement is for one year with an option for a second year.