Now Owen puts pen to paperDate published: Thursday, October 8, 2015
ONE of the tactics that bamboozled opponents as Oldham RL Club swept to promotion with 14 wins in a row was the strategic use of three separate dummy-half specialists in nearly every game.
Defences would just get the measure of Gareth Owen when on would go Kenny Hughes, to be followed by Adam Files — each initiating attacks from behind play-the-ball with different styles and techniques.
Owen would take a breather on the bench before returning in another role — that of an old-fashioned play-making loose-forward as Roughyeds slipped into creative mode later in the game to ruthlessly expose tiring defences.
Lauding Owen as a class-act, and delighted to announce that he had signed a new one-year deal to cover the 2016 season in the Kingstone Press Championship, head coach Scott Naylor said: “He’s a very intelligent player who usually opts for the right play at the right time.
“I’m delighted ‘Gaz’ (Owen) has signed again and I’m looking forward to seeing him play in the higher division.
“He came to us from a Super League background at Salford and he was one of the players we targeted when we were looking for additional quality to give us that little bit more we needed to carry us to promotion.
“No doubt about it, along with the other two hookers he was one of the reasons we were able to celebrate promotion.”
Having completed his first full season at Whitebank, Oldham-born Owen had no hesitation in re-signing for his hometown club.
He said: “I’m looking forward to having a crack at the Championship and giving it our best shot.
“Winning every week in League One was great, but individually and collectively we need to move on now and challenge ourselves.
“I just want what’s best for the club. I’m an Oldham lad and I’ve supported the club all my life and now I’m playing for Roughyeds I’ve never enjoyed my rugby so much.
“I knew my full-time career at Salford was going nowhere and, to be honest, I had lost my appetite for the game. But life is great now. I’ve got a full-time job which I like and at Whitebank we’ve had a belting season and we’ve a lot to look forward to.
“It’s going to be tough, but next season we’ve got to stay up and then see if we can kick on from there.”