Now Kenny Hughes puts pen to paper

Date published: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
FIRST Josh Crowley, then Danny Langtree, now Kenny Hughes.
Like his second-row colleagues, hooker Hughes has signed a new one-year contract for 2015 to take his stay at Oldham RL Club into a fifth season.
In 2011 and 2012 he was in a Roughyeds reserve team with Steven Nield, David Cookson, Phil Joy, Langtree and Michael Ward which went to successive title-deciding finals, first under John Hough and then under Paul Ashton.
His elevation to the senior side coincided with the arrival at Whitebank of a new coaching team in Scott Naylor and Lee Spencer.
Said Naylor: “It was typical of Kenny that, when we asked him last year to play out of position at half back for the good of the team, he willingly gave it his best shot and made a good job of it too.
“We know he wasn’t entirely happy or comfortable to be playing in his new role, but he gave it everything he had and proved that he is a team player in every sense.
“This year, as a replacement hooker coming off the bench, he has been one of the main reasons for us having such a successful season.
“He can come off the bench to change a game, step up the speed of the game and defend well for long periods.
“He always does his best and on top of all that he is a great lad to have around the dressing room because he likes a laugh and a joke.”
Hughes (24) was inconsolable after Oldham’s Grand Final defeat by Hunslet in extra time, but he is now eagerly looking forward to being part of an Oldham squad that will go into battle in the restructured Kingstone Press League One.
“That final defeat was a bitter pill to swallow,” he said. “But we have to move on and get ready to play in an exciting new division which is going to test each of the 14 clubs that are in it.”
Oldham can thank Langtree for bringing Hughes to Whitebank in the first place after both had left the Academy ranks of their home-town club, St Helens,
Pals since they were boys, they went through school together at St Augustine’s RC High School in St Helens, which won every piece of silverware on offer at local and national levels with Hughes and Langtree in the squad.
Said Hughes: “Danny joined Oldham first. I felt I was getting messed about a bit at Saints so I asked if I could go on dual-reg. They wouldn’t allow that, but at the first opportunity I had I got out and ‘Langers’ took me over to Oldham.
“As things have worked out, it was the best move I ever made.”