Oldham swoop for BriscoeDate published: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
LOOKING ahead to life in the Championship, Oldham have swooped to sign a young forward who has already played more than 50 games at that level.
Barrow and former Leigh back-row man Craig Briscoe (22) has signed a one-year agreement for the newly-promoted Roughyeds to become Scott Naylor’s second new capture for next year behind winger Jamel Chisholm.
Briscoe had a new offer on the table at Barrow but chose to join the League One champions after separate talks with chairman Chris Hamilton and head coach Naylor.
“The prospect of returning to the Championship appealed to me, but apart from that Oldham have clearly got things going for them,” said Briscoe, who played 52 senior games for Leigh before going to Barrow on loan for the 2014 season.
He had been at Craven Park for about a season and a half when the Raiders did a deal with Leigh to fully secure his services on a short-term deal to the end of this season.
He added: “It was tough to leave my mates at Barrow, but after a lot of thought I opted for a new start with a club that’s going up a division.”
Born in Hindley, near Wigan, where he still lives, Briscoe signed for Leigh when he was 16 from Wigan St Jude’s.
He made his Centurions’ debut as an 18-year-old, but his best season at LSV was in 2012 when he made 30 appearances in a side that finished second to Featherstone Rovers in the Championship.
Said chairman Hamilton: “Scott tells me Craig will fit easily into our systems and our style of play. Several of our players have said he is a quality opponent after playing against him this season..”
Naylor said he was impressed by Briscoe while watching him play for Barrow against the Roughyeds this year.
He added: “I’ve had one eye on Craig for the past couple of seasons. He’s predominately a back-row forward so we are going to be very strong in that department. He’ll also give us more depth in the squad.
“At 22 he’s still young for a forward and of the right age to work with. I’m looking forward to working with him in pre-season and watching him develop as a player.”
* Oldham’s end-of-season awards night, celebrating a fantastic year, will be in the Whitebank club on Friday week, October 2, 7pm for 7.30pm.
For tickets (£30, including two-course buffet-style meal) ring the club office on (0161) 624 9630, ext 70552.
Last year, second-row pair Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree were joint players of the year, while Crowley won the supporters’ award and Langtree picked up the players’ player award.