Oldham swoop for GrimshawDate published: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
OLDHAM have invested in their third new signing for 2016 by nailing Hunslet and former York half-back Danny Grimshaw.
“He’s exciting, unpredictable and just what we’ll need in the Championship,” said coach Scott Naylor of the 29-year-old Yorkshireman, who has played 50 of his 122 career appearances in the sport’s second tier, winning two separate player-of-the-year awards in Hunslet’s Championship campaign of 2011.
When the new boys line up for introductions and handshakes on the first night of pre-season training he’ll be alongside winger Jamel Chisholm, whose previous club was York, and second-row forward Craig Briscoe from Barrow.
Added Naylor: “He impressed me in the two games he played against us last year. I like the way he plays. He’ll provide us with something different at half-back and his arrival will allow me to play different half-back combinations, depending on the opposition.
“I’ve been trying to get him for a while and I’m really pleased it’s finally happened because I know he’ll add such a lot to the squad.”
Born in the former pit village of Sharlston, near Featherstone, the then teenaged Grimshaw played at scrum-half against Oldham for amateurs Sharlston Rovers in the Challenge Cup campaigns of 2004 (at Boundary Park, as it was then) and 2005 (at Post Office Road).
Shortly after that he turned pro for York, where he had four seasons before moving to Hunslet, where he has just finished his sixth season.
He scored a try in each of Hunslet’s home and away league games against Oldham in 2014, but a torn bicep kept him out of Roughyeds’ 25-24 play-off win at the South Leeds Stadium and Hunslet’s 17-16 extra-time, golden point triumph in the Grand Final at Headingley.
Said Grimshaw, who still lives in Sharlston: “Six years at one club is a long time. I felt I was in a bit of a rut.
“Hunslet wanted to sign me again, but I needed freshening up at a new club.
“A few showed some interest, but Scott Naylor was the first to speak to me direct and then I met Chris Hamilton, who really sold Oldham to me with what he said about the club, about Scott and about how the club is run.
“Moving to a Lancashire club is something new for me. It presents me with a different challenge. I’ve got the old buzz back. I feel hungry again.
“It’s all done and dusted and I’m ready to go. I’ll be a bit nervous at first, as one of the new boys, but I’m sure I’ll soon settle in and make new friends. They sound to be a great bunch, and you can’t help but be impressed by what they’ve done this season.”