Jason BoultsDate published: Monday, October 22, 2012
JASON Boults hopes to be in seventh heaven next year after re-signing for Oldham RL Club.
He has played for the Roughyeds in each of their six seasons in the sport’s third tier, but he thinks his seventh could be the best yet.
“We’ve got to get out of Championship One,” said the 29-year-old hard-working prop, who has played in 77 out of the club’s 81 games in cup and league over the last three seasons.
“Our last two seasons have been disappointing, but I’m thinking the big change in personnel at the club will make the difference.
“There will be a lot of new faces — new coach, new players, even three new teams in the division.
“All this is bound to freshen things up. It will be interesting and exciting, almost like making a new start at a different club.”
The former Bradford Bulls and Halifax prop has a remarkable record of consistency.
He missed only two games in each of the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, while last season he was the only player at the club to post an ever-present 26 — durability which ranked high on new boss Scott Naylor’s list of front-row requirements.
Boults, who has averaged 26 games a season in amassing 155 Oldham appearances, lies third in the new club’s list of appearances behind Neil Roden (292) and John Hough (228).
Interestingly, he was a teenage rookie starting out at Bradford when Naylor was in the Bulls side which was then Super League’s strongest outfit, winning trophies and attracting big crowds to Odsal.
“I was a Bulls fan as a boy, long before I joined their academy, and I remember Scott as a tough, no-nonsense centre; nothing flashy, but a player who always did a good job and would never take a backward step.
“I expect those qualities will be reflected in his coaching.
“I was pleased to sign again because I’ve enjoyed my time at the club. The years have flown by.
“It was good to go through last season without missing a game because I had done it in my Halifax days, but it was a first for me at Oldham, although I had gone close once or twice.”