Naylor signs new three year deal

Date published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SCOTT Naylor has ended speculation about his future by signing a new deal which binds him to Oldham Rugby League Club for THREE years.


His new contract covers the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons and is the longest ever offered to a coach since the ‘new’ Oldham club was formed 17 years ago this month.

Contract talks, involving Naylor, his agent Ian Blease of Signature Sports Management and club chairman Chris Hamilton, have been ongoing for several weeks.

But Naylor told a media gathering at Whitebank last night: “The conclusion was never in doubt. I was never going anywhere else. Talks have been going on for a while, but there were no negative reasons for that.”

And a clearly delighted Hamilton added: “Throughout it all we always knew we would get to where we are tonight — a clear indication of the strength of our working relationship.”

Naylor (42), who played 128 Super League games for Bradford Bulls in their glory years, took on his first head coach’s job when he joined Oldham two years ago.

Across the 2013 and 2014 seasons he guided Roughyeds to second and third-place finishes in Kingstone Press Championship One, in each case taking a young side to the play-off final in which they were beaten respectively by Rochdale and Hunslet.

His overall Roughyeds record in cup and league is played 49, won 34, drawn 2, lost 13.

Said Hamilton, with a wry smile: “Since the day Scott first interviewed me two years ago we have developed a working relationship built on mutual trust, honesty and commitment.

“His new contract reflects the job he has done in his two seasons here. Nobody could have done more to get the best out of his players.

“Each season ended in Grand Final disappointment, but looking at the bigger picture it was a huge achievement to reach those finals.

“Scott is dedicated, committed and knowledgeable and he commands the respect of all his players.

“He is, without doubt, the right man to take us forward and to continue to improve things on the coaching and playing side. I have total confidence in him.

“Unlike the situation at some clubs, he has a free hand to get on with the job as he thinks fit, without any interference.

“There are big challenges ahead. The restructured League One next season is going to be even tougher than last season’s competition.

“But with the signings we have made, and others we are going to make, we will have a squad that is capable of challenging at the top end and, hopefully, of earning the success that everyone at Whitebank craves.”

Naylor echoed that upbeat message and said it was gratifying to know that the club and its chairman had faith in him.

He went on: “To be given the freedom I have to get on with my job without any interference whatsoever is a rare thing in our sport. I am lucky to have that.

“I’m also fortunate to have the backing of a great backroom staff, a No 2 like ‘Spanner’ (assistant boss Lee Spencer) and players who have always given me 100 per cent.

“All those people have made a massive contribution — it’s not just down to me.

“By the time everything is in place the new squad will be better and stronger than last year’s and I’m looking forward to working with the boys again.

“Our win ratio over the last two seasons was up towards the 75 per cent bracket and we’ll be working hard to improve on that and to do everything we can to take this club up to the next division.

“I’m lucky to be working with the people I have around me. I don’t call it a job because I enjoy it so much, far more than I enjoyed playing. It’s a big commitment, nevertheless.”