Oldham RLFC apoint Scott Naylor as new head coach

Date published: Thursday, September 20, 2012

OLDHAM RL Club have appointed former Salford City Reds, Bradford Bulls and England centre Scott Naylor as new head coach on a two-year contract.

He comes on the strong recommendation of his former Salford boss Shaun McRae, for whom Naylor worked when he was on the coaching staff at The Willows.

Naylor (40), who has been coaching Leigh Rugby Union Club in more recent times, will be unveiled by the Roughyeds at a Whitebank media conference later today.

Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “Scott did a lot of coaching at Salford, not only with the under-20s but for a number of years as one of the first-team coaches under Shaun McRae.

“I spoke to Shaun at length and he gave Scott a huge rap.

“He is hungry to get back into rugby league and he has a burning desire to do well. He’s a rugby league man through and through and he has been looking for an opportunity like this for some time.

“He’s driven, committed and determined. Those were the characters that epitomised him as a player and I’m confident he will be no different in his first rugby league appointment as a head coach.”

Naylor, who succeeds Tony Benson, scored 60 tries in 159 Super League appearances, most of them with Bradford at a period when the Bulls, both on and off the field, were setting new standards as Super League’s leading club.

He played four times for England in the World Cup of 2000, partnering Keith Senior in the centre spots in a side captained by Andy Farrell.

He played in three Challenge Cup finals for Bradford, winning two of them, and turned out in four Super League Grand Finals, twice as a winner.

At international level, he played for England schoolboys and the Great Britain Nines squad, hitting his peak in the 2000 World Cup with appearances against Australia, Fiji, Ireland and New Zealand.

His playing career over, he returned to his roots at Salford where he was heavily involved, as an emerging coach, with the City Reds’ successful youth set-up before climbing the ladder to become McRae’s right-hand man.