Now Lewis signs new dealDate published: Thursday, September 10, 2015
LEWIS Palfrey, one of four nominees for the Kingstone Press League One player-of-the-year award, has signed a new deal to stay at Oldham in 2016.
As captain, goalkicker, chief tactician and coach Scott Naylor’s “voice” in the heat of battle, 25-year-old Palfrey has played a key role on and off the field in what he has described as a “cracking” season.
His new one-year contract will tie him to the club for a fourth season whether it be in the Championship or in League One.
Naylor, delighted to see his captain commit to another year at Whitebank, said: “I’ve known Lewis since he was a teenager at Salford, so we go back a long way. ‘Spanner’ (his No 2 Lee Spencer) has also worked with him since he was a kid.
“He was always willing to listen and learn, and he still is.
“He has improved his performance over each of the three seasons we’ve been together at Oldham and he’s matured into the quality half-back we always felt he would become when we had him as a youngster.
“He’s a good captain, too. He has the respect of all the lads and, far from being a burden to him, the leadership thing has actually helped him to develop his own game.”
With 103 goals and 251 points, the former Whitehaven player is sure to finish the League One campaign at Oxford on Saturday (3pm) as the division’s leading marksman and top points scorer.
If Roughyeds win or draw their final game of the regular season he will be presented, as captain, with the League Leaders’ Shield.
And on Monday he will have a one in four chance of becoming Kingstone Press League One player of the year.
“I was chuffed to re-sign for another year,” he said. “This one has been a cracking season so far and we’ve still got it all to play for. After three years I know the club inside out. There’s a lot of stability and that’s one of the things I like about it.
“If we get promoted, we’ll face different challenges to the sort we have tackled this year, but we’re already starting to build for 2016 and with Scott and ‘Spanner’ still here we’ll be well equipped to do okay.”
George Tyson, also nominated for League One player of the year, is expected to be available for the Oxford game despite being badly shaken up when making a tackle in the defeat of Swinton Lions.
He was assisted from the field looking groggy, but he had a routine hospital check that night and was allowed home.
Said Naylor: “He’s since had a head test and gone through all the relevant procedures after a head injury and he seems okay. We’ll look at him again tonight, but I think he’ll be okay for weekend.”
Naylor confirmed, however, that Danny Langtree will be rested this week after playing in the last few games with several niggling injuries.
He said: “Danny’s been going through the pain barrier for the sake of the team. That’s the sort of lad he is. But he needs a little break now so he’ll be having this weekend off.”