Oldham release Jack Reid

Date published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

OLDHAM RL have released young half-back Jack Reid at the player’s request.

The former Widnes Vikings player made a couple of first-team appearances in pre-season and Northern Rail Cup games, but has not figured at senior level since.

When Neil Roden was injured at Rochdale on Good Friday, hooker Danny Whitmore filled in until the arrival of 36-year-old Graham Holroyd on a short-term contract.

Reid even played his last couple of reserve-team games at hooker, while Craig Noon and Tommy Connick occupied the half-back spots.

“Jack wanted to go because he didn’t see a first-team opportunity opening up for him, so we have granted his request,” said Roughyeds chief Chris Hamilton.

Unlucky prop Luke Stenchion has been hit by a new injury.

He broke a thumb at Whitehaven in pre-season and was out for three months until he made his comeback off the bench in Sunday’s disappointing 36-32 defeat by North Wales Crusaders at Whitebank.

It has since emerged that he damaged a hand in the pre-match warm-up before going on for two spells, the first after 25 minutes as a replacement for Chris Clarke.

Hospital x-rays yesterday confirmed the hand was broken. He has had it pinned and faces another spell on the injury list.

Coach Tony Benson, meanwhile, is recovering from a virus which grounded him last week when his No 2, Martin Roden, was placed in charge of first-team matters, including team selection, in the build-up to the game against North Wales.

Benson was able to get to the game, but said he was still feeling unwell.

He added: “I take some of the responsibility myself (for the defeat) because I was off sick all week and that definitely didn’t help.

“I left Dogger (Martin Roden) to run the show, so he picked the team.

“Paul Noone and Lucas Onyango were not over injuries so they were ruled out but with the benefit of hindsight it was a mistake to play Paul Smith because he pulled up with his hamstring injury again, which left the bench short.

 

“Most of the players gave their all, but some didn’t. You can’t have that.

“Also, we were up against a team that had worked hard over two weeks to prepare for the game, while we had the St Helens cup tie in between. That also had a bearing on things.”

The reserves are at home to Keighley Cougars on Thursday, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Junction, Ripponden Road, will provide free transport to Whitebank, leaving at 6.45pm, but bookings must be received before 10pm tomorrow on 0161 633 2759.