Naylor speaks up for Mo

Date published: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SCOTT Naylor has pinned his faith in Mo Agoro even though the young winger has currently lost his first-team spot to the more experienced Adam Clay.

The 21-year-old former Leeds Rhinos youngster’s last game was in the shock 40-14 defeat at Gateshead on August 31.
Dale Bloomfield and Clay now command Oldham’s wing spots going into the Kingstone Press Championship One play-off final, but Agoro has been buoyed by his inclusion in the list of nominees for the division’s Young Player of the Year award.
He has four rivals for the award in Matty Beharrell (Gateshead), Connor Farrer (South Wales), Ben Reynolds (York) and James Saltonstall (York).
Saltonstall, who scored the first of York’s two tries in Oldham’s 31-12 play-off win at the Huntington Stadium, was a late addition to the list of nominees.
None of the others, however, can match Agoro’s 18 tries, which place him joint third in the Championship One list and only two behind the top try scorer in the division — his Whitebank colleague Bloomfield.
Said Naylor: “Mo has had a good season but, unfortunately for him, Dale and Adam are currently in front of him and both are playing well.
“He deserves to be in the mix for the award because he’s a great lad, a very good pro and, hopefully, he will be at Oldham for a long time.
“I’m surprised, thought, he is the only person from our club to be nominated across the three separate categories.”
Paddy Mooney was 18th man at York, but Agoro travelled with the team.
“I’m disappointed to have lost my place, but I know I’ve a lot to learn about wing play and I’m trying to improve each year,” he said.
“I think I’ve had a decent season, highlighted personally by my try-saving tackle which won us the game at London in March and by my length-of-the-field try against London at Enfield early last month.”
He has just graduated from Huddersfield University with a degree in exercise science.
With only one more game to play — the promotion-deciding Grand Final against York or Hunslet at Headingley a week on Sunday — Naylor will take some of the heat out of training this week.
He said: “It will be a little bit more relaxed than usual and then we’ll step up the tempo again next week.
“I’m fortunate in that I have a good bunch of lads, most of whom have been here with Lee Spencer and me for two years.
“Half a dozen of them, those who were in the reserves before moving up to the senior squad, have been at the club for four years.
“That helps a lot in building team spirit. I always say that, in any team game, if you get stuck in for the bloke next to you, the team won’t go far wrong.
“That was always my philosophy as a player and it’s something I’m trying to encourage among the boys we have at Oldham now.
“They’re a great bunch and they’ll be proud to walk out on their big day at Headingley and receive what I know will be a big reception from Oldham fans.
“Danny Langtree was outstanding at York. But he wasn’t on his own. What about Phil Joy ?
“He regularly does two or three carries in every set. He doesn’t know how good he is, or how good he can be, and he’s still learning.
“I try to tell him that if he’s not careful his lungs will drop out of his bum, but he just looks at me, grins and gets on with it.”
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