Scott Dismisses Schofield Prediction

SCOTT Naylor has dismissed rugby league pundit Garry Schofield’s view that Oldham will be relegated at the end of the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season.

Writing in his weekly trade-paper column, former Great Britain captain Schofield tipped Hull KR to win it with Roughyeds finishing second bottom above derby rivals Rochdale Hornets.

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Chairman’s support ‘brilliant’ — Scott

SCOTT Naylor has labelled as “brilliant” the support he gets from his chairman Chris Hamilton as Oldham RL again prepare to punch above their weight in the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship.

It was evident at last season’s Roughyeds’ awards night that there was a lot of chemistry between the two most influential people in any rugby league club — chairman and head coach.

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Scott pins his colours to the mast

SCOTT Naylor leads Oldham into their fourth week of pre-season training tonight, having announced that his cafe near Leigh is up for sale so that he can concentrate exclusively on his job with the Roughyeds.

Naylor (44), the 2015 League One coach of the year, expects his fifth season as Roughyeds boss to be his biggest challenge yet.

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Updates from the training ground

DANNY Grimshaw put club before self and battled through the pain barrier last season as newly-promoted Oldham rose to the challenge of Championship rugby.

Looking ahead to the former Hunslet man’s groin operation in nine days’ time, Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor revealed that ‘Grimmer’ played for two-thirds of last season while restricted by the painful injury

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Season-ticket subscription ends soon

Black Friday is over for another year but this week we have Red Wednesday, the deadline for fans to take advantage of a season-ticket payment subscription.

This first-time offer spreads the cost of a season-ticket over three equal payments, debited from your debit or credit card, on the final day of November, December and January.

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Injury Updates

NEW signing Nathan Chappell will be the first of three Oldham RL players to face operations within the next few weeks.

The former Sheffield Eagles centre or second-row forward will have a knee ‘cleaned out’ surgically on November 30.

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Swinton away to launch pre-season programme

THE first of Oldham RL Club’s three pre-season games will be against Swinton Lions at Heywood Road, Sale on Sunday, January 8 (kick-off 3pm).

Roughyeds had previously announced that they will go to Barrow on January 15 (2pm) and entertain Rochdale Hornets at Bower Fold for the Law Cup on January 22 (3pm).

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Whitebank Development

OLDHAM RLFC is delighted to hear that the planning application submitted by OMBC in respect of Whitebank’s development was approved at Wednesday’s Planning Committee meeting.

As part of that development Roughyeds will retain a right to train and play at Whitebank, as previously, and will continue to use their office inside the ground as the club’s administrative base.

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Dual-reg stays with Giants

OLDHAM RL Club confirmed today that they will again be dual-registration partners with Huddersfield Giants in the 2017 KP Championship season.

It will be the third year in a row that Roughyeds have linked up with the Giants, but the first time that such a partnership has been forged since Australian coach Rick Stone succeeded Paul Anderson as boss of the Super League outfit last July.

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Grimmer’s op in Leicester

ONE of the country’s leading surgeons will repair Oldham RL centre Danny Grimshaw’s damaged groin in Leicester on December 9.

The same surgeon, no stranger to Leicester City and the Foxes’ Premier League football stars, operated on Grimshaw’s other groin a few years ago.

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