Naylor,Palfrey win top awardsDate published: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
SCOTT Naylor and Lewis Palfrey scooped major League One prizes at last night’s Kingstone Press end-of-season awards dinner in Manchester.
Naylor was named coach of the year and Palfrey player of the year on a night when the boss and his captain were rewarded for playing key roles in Oldham’s best season for years.
They’ve already received the League Leaders’ Trophy and on Sunday at Whitebank (3pm) they face second-placed Keighley Cougars for the right to be promoted to the Championship.
Interviewed after receiving his award, the Roughyeds boss said: “I enjoy coaching more then playing . . . it’s not as painful.
“I have a great backroom team and a great set of players and it’s because of those people that I’m standing here.”
Palfrey said: “This award is a reflection on what the team has done. As a half-back I rely on my forwards
“We’ve had a great year, but the job isn’t done yet. Our aim has always been to win promotion and nothing has changed.”
Club chairman Chris Hamilton said both awards were thoroughly deserved, as a glance at the final league table would indicate.
He added: “What it doesn’t tell you is what Scott has got out of his players on a limited budget. We’re not the biggest spenders so factor that into the equation and he’s definitely been the division’s outstanding coach.
“Lewis is one of our biggest improvers, not so much relative to his own game, but to his captaincy, his game management and the requirements of his team.”