Palfrey leads on pointsDate published: Thursday, July 2, 2015
LEWIS Palfrey heads into Sunday’s showdown with promotion rivals York City Knights as League One’s leading goalkicker and top points scorer.
The Oldham captain’s seven goals in the 42-30 win against Gloucester gave him 54 for the season and took him above Barrow’s Josh Ward on 52.
Palfrey also leapfrogged Ward on points, moving out to 125 — nine more than the Barrow man —- thanks to four tries and a drop goal on top of his 54 successful place kicks, comprising conversions and penalties.
On the domestic front he still needs one more point against third-placed York at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm) to reach 500 for the Roughyeds in his two and a half seasons (60 games) with the club.
His 499 comprise of 221 goals, 14 tries and one drop goal.
York, meanwhile, are expecting big things of their new signing Micky Learmonth, a 20-year-old prop who scored two tries in two appearances for Oldham, while on dual-reg from Huddersfield Giants early in the season.
He comes from the same Giants stable as the Roughyeds’ loan signing Nathan Mason and two more young forwards who have played for Scott Naylor on dual-reg, Josh Johnson and Oliver Roberts.
Learmonth had three games for York on loan, but then negotiated his own release from his Super League club in order to become a fully-fledged York player.
He is a banker bet to play on Sunday.
Knights boss James Ford told the local paper: “He’s tough, aggressive and athletic. He’s got ability and a fantastic attitude, plus the character you look for in any young forward.
” He’s another good addition — we’re increasingly building a good, young and talented squad.”
Centre Greg Minikin, another 20-year-old, is being tipped to sign a full-time, two-year deal with Castleford Tigers, but not until the end of the season.
Also starring are dual-reg backs James Clare and Michael Channing, two youngsters from Castleford.