Neil’s new job

Date published: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NEIL Roden, who retired as a player at the end of last season, starts a new challenge tonight in his long and illustrious career with Oldham RL Club.

Having scored 113 tries in 296 cup and league appearances for the Roughyeds — both records for the ‘new’ Oldham club — 33-year-old Roden succeeds Phil Costin as coach of the under-20s squad.

Club captain for four of his 12 seasons at Oldham, and a player who gave outstanding service on and off the field from the day he first walked into the club as a 19-year-old, Roden will address the Roughyeds’ youngsters before they start pre-season training at Oasis Academy this evening.

“It’s going to be a big learning curve for me, but I’m looking forward to it immensely,” said the club’s former stand-off and tactical midfield pivot.

On Roden’s behalf, club chairman Chris Hamilton has successfully applied to the RFL for a 12-month testimonial which began on January 1 and runs throughout 2014.

Added Roden: “It’s my first crack at coaching, but I’m keen to give it a go. I need to see if I enjoy it, but more importantly whether I’m any good at it.

“I’m sure it will be an eye opener. I’ve loads of experience as a player and I have a good knowledge of the game, but I’m prepared for this being something totally different to anything I’ve done before.

“I’ve worked under a lot of good coaches and picked up a lot of things over the years. I’ll be my own man — I think that’s important — but it would be foolish not to tap into the best of what I’ve learned from others during my playing career.”

Local man Costin (50) has left Roughyeds after three seasons at the club — the last one as coach of the under-20s and the two before that as boss of the under-18s.

He said: “I learned a lot in three brilliant years with the Roughyeds. I like to think I did a good job, especially in building bridges between the club and the local amateurs. It was a source of great pride to me that last season no fewer than eight local boys played for Oldham in the under-20s.

“I am and always will be an Oldham fan. Neil (Roden) has spoken to me and I wish him and the club all the best for the future.

“I’m well on the way to getting a level 3 coaching certificate and I would like to put that qualification to good use. I hope to stay in rugby league if an opportunity arises.”

Said chairman Hamilton: “I’m sorry to see Phil go. In his time at the club he worked very hard, often in difficult circumstances. That’s the nature of the beast when operating at reserve-team or under-20s levels.

“Despite those difficulties, he always got on with the job without making a fuss. We wish him well in his coaching career wherever it might take him.

“This is also a great opportunity for Neil. As a student of the game and one who has played at pro level for many years he will have plenty of ideas to put to the stars of the future.

“We hope soon to identify a local coach to work with him in developing first-team players of the future.

“With fewer and fewer clubs investing in young talent this is a great opportunity for someone in coaching to get a foot on the professional ladder.”

Anyone wanting further information or wishing to apply for the position should contact Chris Hamilton on 0161 624 9630, extension 70552.

Club captain for four of his 12 seasons at Oldham, and a player who gave outstanding service on and off the field from the day he first walked into the club as a 19-year-old, Roden will address the Roughyeds’ youngsters before they start pre-season training at Oasis Academy this evening.
“It’s going to be a big learning curve for me, but I’m looking forward to it immensely,” said the club’s former stand-off and tactical midfield pivot.
On Roden’s behalf, club chairman Chris Hamilton has successfully applied to the RFL for a 12-month testimonial which began on January 1 and runs throughout 2014.
Added Roden: “It’s my first crack at coaching, but I’m keen to give it a go. I need to see if I enjoy it, but more importantly whether I’m any good at it.
“I’m sure it will be an eye opener. I’ve loads of experience as a player and I have a good knowledge of the game, but I’m prepared for this being something totally different to anything I’ve done before.
“I’ve worked under a lot of good coaches and picked up a lot of things over the years. I’ll be my own man — I think that’s important — but it would be foolish not to tap into the best of what I’ve learned from others during my playing career.”
Local man Costin (50) has left Roughyeds after three seasons at the club — the last one as coach of the under-20s and the two before that as boss of the under-18s.
He said: “I learned a lot in three brilliant years with the Roughyeds. I like to think I did a good job, especially in building bridges between the club and the local amateurs. It was a source of great pride to me that last season no fewer than eight local boys played for Oldham in the under-20s.
“I am and always will be an Oldham fan. Neil (Roden) has spoken to me and I wish him and the club all the best for the future.
“I’m well on the way to getting a level 3 coaching certificate and I would like to put that qualification to good use. I hope to stay in rugby league if an opportunity arises.”
Said chairman Hamilton: “I’m sorry to see Phil go. In his time at the club he worked very hard, often in difficult circumstances. That’s the nature of the beast when operating at reserve-team or under-20s levels.
“Despite those difficulties, he always got on with the job without making a fuss. We wish him well in his coaching career wherever it might take him.
“This is also a great opportunity for Neil. As a student of the game and one who has played at pro level for many years he will have plenty of ideas to put to the stars of the future.
“We hope soon to identify a local coach to work with him in developing first-team players of the future.
“With fewer and fewer clubs investing in young talent this is a great opportunity for someone in coaching to get a foot on the professional ladder.”
Anyone wanting further information or wishing to apply for the position should contact Chris Hamilton on 0161 624 9630, extension 70552.NEIL Roden, who retired as a player at the end of last season, starts a new challenge tonight in his long and illustrious career with Oldham RL Club.

Having scored 113 tries in 296 cup and league appearances for the Roughyeds — both records for the ‘new’ Oldham club — 33-year-old Roden succeeds Phil Costin as coach of the under-20s squad.

Club captain for four of his 12 seasons at Oldham, and a player who gave outstanding service on and off the field from the day he first walked into the club as a 19-year-old, Roden will address the Roughyeds’ youngsters before they start pre-season training at Oasis Academy this evening.

“It’s going to be a big learning curve for me, but I’m looking forward to it immensely,” said the club’s former stand-off and tactical midfield pivot.

On Roden’s behalf, club chairman Chris Hamilton has successfully applied to the RFL for a 12-month testimonial which began on January 1 and runs throughout 2014.

Added Roden: “It’s my first crack at coaching, but I’m keen to give it a go. I need to see if I enjoy it, but more importantly whether I’m any good at it.

“I’m sure it will be an eye opener. I’ve loads of experience as a player and I have a good knowledge of the game, but I’m prepared for this being something totally different to anything I’ve done before.

“I’ve worked under a lot of good coaches and picked up a lot of things over the years. I’ll be my own man — I think that’s important — but it would be foolish not to tap into the best of what I’ve learned from others during my playing career.”

Local man Costin (50) has left Roughyeds after three seasons at the club — the last one as coach of the under-20s and the two before that as boss of the under-18s.

He said: “I learned a lot in three brilliant years with the Roughyeds. I like to think I did a good job, especially in building bridges between the club and the local amateurs. It was a source of great pride to me that last season no fewer than eight local boys played for Oldham in the under-20s.

“I am and always will be an Oldham fan. Neil (Roden) has spoken to me and I wish him and the club all the best for the future.

“I’m well on the way to getting a level 3 coaching certificate and I would like to put that qualification to good use. I hope to stay in rugby league if an opportunity arises.”

Said chairman Hamilton: “I’m sorry to see Phil go. In his time at the club he worked very hard, often in difficult circumstances. That’s the nature of the beast when operating at reserve-team or under-20s levels.

“Despite those difficulties, he always got on with the job without making a fuss. We wish him well in his coaching career wherever it might take him.

“This is also a great opportunity for Neil. As a student of the game and one who has played at pro level for many years he will have plenty of ideas to put to the stars of the future.

“We hope soon to identify a local coach to work with him in developing first-team players of the future.

“With fewer and fewer clubs investing in young talent this is a great opportunity for someone in coaching to get a foot on the professional ladder.”

Anyone wanting further information or wishing to apply for the position should contact Chris Hamilton on 0161 624 9630, extension 70552.