Naylor still on the look-out

Date published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SCOTT Naylor is hoping to add two more players to his 21-man Oldham RL squad before the turn of the year.

He wants to strengthen both forwards and backs . . . and he admits he’s going to be choosy.
“I’m going to be very ‘picky’ about who we sign,” he said, “because every signing has to count. I won’t be bringing in anyone ¬†for the sake of it, or merely to fill a shirt.
“We need another forward and another back. I’ll be looking for a centre if possible, while another man up front wouldn’t do us any harm.”
Oldham’s new head coach is happy that Roughyeds are in the tougher of two groups in the Northern Rail Cup preliminaries because he wants his young squad battle-hardened by the time the Championship One programme gets under way against Rochdale at Whitebank on Good Friday.
Only the winners of each group will progress to the NRC knock-out stages alongside the 14 clubs in a revamped and extended Championship.
To qualify, Naylor’s men will have to finish above North Wales Crusaders, derby rivals Rochdale and Gateshead Thunder, while their fourth and final game, cross group, takes them to Neath to tango with South Wales Scorpions.
Said Naylor: “We’ll get far more out of tough and demanding tests than we would have done playing teams we might have been more comfortable with.
“In terms of toughening us up and getting us ready for the league campaign we could hardly have asked for anything better than two trips to Wales either side of clashing with Rochdale and Gateshead at Whitebank.
“Before then we’ve got another three months of preparation, but I’m delighted to say we are making lots of progress.
“Training is going well; the attitude of the players is spot-on; and now that we’ve finally got the Salford link-up sealed and settled we can move on.”
The Supporters’ Association (ORSA) meet at Whitebank tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.45pm to finalise arrangements for the children’s Christmas party, to be run jointly by ORSA and Limehust Lions at the club on Saturday, December 15.
Hemel Stags, one of three new clubs to oppose Oldham in Championship One, have appointed a four-man coaching team headed by Aussie Troy Perkins, who used to play in the NRL for both St George and Penrith Panthers.
The others are Dan Stacks, a club stalwart; player-coach Jermaine Coleman, who has played 150 games for London Skolars; and Matt Lambert, a graduate in sports science from Leeds Met who used to work on strength and conditioning with Castleford Tigers’ scholarship youngsters.