On-loan Haggarty wants to stay

Date published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
OLDHAM’S new on-loan prop Matthew Haggarty wants to be around long enough to help Roughyeds to win promotion.

He has signed for a month, but he’s banking on doing enough in that time to encourage Oldham to seek an extension in new talks with Barrow Raiders, his parent club.

The big front-row man, 22, wore an Oldham jersey for the first time in the 22-4 win at Oxford and he is expected to make his Whitebank debut in Sunday’s clash with South Wales Scorpions (3pm kick off).

Nathan Mason, the 19-year-old Huddersfield Giants prop who has played on loan in the last two away games at Gateshead and Oxford, will also be fancied to turn out for the first time in front of the Whitebank faithful.

Both were on the bench at Oxford where Mason scored his first try for his hometown club.

Haggarty, who also impressed, said: “I’d like to stay longer than the initial month, perhaps to the end of the season.

“I live in Leigh and travelling to Barrow has become a problem because of the demands of my full-time job.

“As a bonus I know a lot of the Oldham boys from my days at Salford where I was coached by Lee Spencer in the under-18s and under-20s and by Scott Naylor in the reserves.

“It was like home-from-home in the Oldham dressing room on Sunday because I used to play alongside Richard Lepori, Jon Ford, Adam Files and Mark Hobson at Salford, while Lewis Palfrey and I were in the same team when we both played for Whitehaven.”

A product of Leigh Miners, Haggarty signed pro for Salford at 17 and later had 18 months at Whitehaven before going to Barrow where he made 16 appearances earlier this season, four starts and 12 times as a substitute.

Having already got caught up in the dressing room promotion buzz, he added: “I don’t think staying in this division is an option.

“A lot will obviously depend on our Whitebank clash with North Wales on July 28, but I think we have enough to turn them over.”

Three Roughyeds players, Dale Bloomfield (wing), Phil Joy (prop) and Josh Crowley (second-row) are in this week’s Premier Sports Championship One all-stars team on the strength of their outstanding performances at Oxford.

After five weeks off, Oldham’s under-20s return to action at Whitebank on Friday (7.30) for the visit of table-topping Salford City Reds.