New-boy Burke a big-match doubtDate published: Friday, March 11, 2016
JOE Burke, Oldham RL Club’s latest signing, is doubtful for Sunday’s game at Workington after going down with a chest infection.
He trained with his new team mates for the first time on Tuesday, but didn’t feel well, and was then told to stay at home last night when the other players were back on the training pitch.
“There was no point in taking a risk on anybody else picking something up,” said coach Scott Naylor.
“He’s still in contention for Sunday, but we’ll see how he is nearer the time before I announce the team.
“He’s got to be doubtful because he isn’t 100 per cent and he’s only trained with us once. Another week and a bit more training with us and he’ll be absolutely fine.”
For the fifth game in a row there will be no dual-registration assistance because of partner club Huddersfield Giants’ continuing injury problems.
Naylor will still have plenty of selection options, however, with everybody fully fit and raring to go apart from Burke and long-term absentees Tom Ashton and Craig Briscoe.
Oldham (from): Lepori, Clay, Bibby, Holmes, Ford, Chisholm, Palfrey, Roper, Grimshaw, Joy, Owen, Spencer, Crowley, Langtree, Hope, Thompson, Files, Hughes, Gee, Ward, Middlehurst, Burke.
Workington (from): Murphy, Forrester, Hulme, Mossop, Carter, Forber, Sammut, Coward, Mattinson, Gordon, B Phillips, Stack, Whiteley, McAvoy, Olstrum, Shackley, Verlinden, C Phillips, Szostak.
Said Naylor: “Going to Workington is as tough and intimidating now as it was 20 years ago.
“It’s always a big ask to win at Derwent Park, but there’s a way to do it and we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“Town are well coached by Phil Veivers, who’s coached in Super League, and they’ve got some quality players.
“It will be a seriously good test of where we stand in the Championship. The boys are up for it and, having had last Sunday’s game against Bradford postponed, they are fresh and all ready to go.”