Now Clay signs new dealDate published: Thursday, September 24, 2015
TOP try scorer Adam Clay, 21 in 23 games, will be back at Oldham next season after a minor operation on his right ankle in November.
The 24-year-old former Barrow and North Wales Crusaders winger is the latest member of Scott Naylor’s League One title-winning outfit to sign a new one-year contract.
And he is already well versed in Championship rugby, having played 26 games for Barrow in that division in 2013 and another nine for Crusaders in 2014 before his mid-season switch to Oldham.
Said Naylor: “He’s strong, powerful and a proven try-scorer. He brings a lot to the team and although he’s one of the jokers in the squad nobody takes the game more seriously when it’s time to get focused.”
Clay expects to be back in full training by December, after the operation, and fully fit for the start of the new season in the higher division.
“I had no hesitation in signing a new deal because I’m happier at Oldham than I’ve ever been,” said Clay.”My ankle hasn’t been right for a long time, but I could play on it so we decided to put the operation on hold until the autumn.
“It’s nothing major, just a clean-out, but I’m looking forward to getting the job done so that I’ll be fully fit for the Championship.
“There was a fair bit of pressure on us in the promotion final because we were expected to win, we were on our own pitch and a big crowd turned up with high expectations.
“I messed up when Cougars scored their only try of the first half, but it was great to make amends near the end when I got a try back.
“Next season we’l have to have a completely different mindset. Some of our opponents will be full time and we won’t be expected to win every game.
“We are not scared of the Championship and we are raring to go already, but our targets have to be realistic and we need to be prepared mentally for different challenges to those we’ve taken in our stride this year.
“We lost 44-20 at Sheffield Eagles in the Challenge Cup last March, but we weren’t playing as well then as we did later in the season and we showed them too much respect early on. Later in the game we held our own.”