Palfrey’s keyhole surgery

Date published: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
LEWIS Palfrey, captain of Oldham RL Club, has been told he will need surgery to repair a hernia that troubled him for much of last season.
He was due to see a specialist today to discuss the operation and to be given a date for it, which he hopes will be before Christmas.
“I wanted to avoid surgery,  but the specialist has told me it’s going to be the keyhole variety, with a recovery time span of only seven to 14 days,” said Palfrey.
“That’s good news. I’m keen to get it done before Christmas and I’ve told hospital staff I’ll go in on Christmas Eve if I have to.”
Half-back Palfrey said pre-season training was tougher, more demanding and more intense than last year.
He added: “We’ve brought in more good people who will significantly improve the squad.
“Jarrod Ward has really impressed me in training. He’s a carbon copy of ‘Lippy’ and we all know what a good player he is.”
Better known as Richard Lepori, ‘Lippy’ was the Roughyeds’ star full-back in 2013. He left Whitebank to go to Australia, but he is back and has signed for Steve Deakin’s Whitehaven in 2015.
Scott Naylor, meanwhile, has urged  Roughyeds fans to be proud of what their team achieved last season rather than dwell on a heartbreaking Grand Final defeat by Hunslet in golden-point time.
“To go through a full season unbeaten at Whitebank was a phenomenal effort,” said Naylor, who was rewarded with a new three-year contract.
“The boys also did themselves proud by winning at Hunslet and York in the play-offs and coming so close to achieving their ultimate goal in the final.
“If I could change anything about last season it would be one thing only — that Steve Roper’s drop-goal attempt in extra time at Headingley had sailed over instead of going narrowly wide.”
Looking ahead, he went on: “The club is better placed than it was when ‘Spanner’ (his assistant Lee Spencer) and I arrived two years ago.
“It’s a pleasure to work for this club and a pleasure to work with these players.  Some have gone, but we’ve kept the nucleus, like we did this time last year, and that will work well for us, I’m sure,
“I’m looking forward to the next three years and, more immediately, to what will be an exciting season in 2015.
“We’ve added some quality and I’ll be working hard to improve the club, the team and myself as a coach.”
* Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association (ORSA) and Higginshaw ARLFC are holding a joint quiz and family fun night on Friday, December 12 (8pm) at the Higginshaw club in St Stephen’s Street, Oldham.
Free admission, but £1 to enter the quiz, with no more tan six in a team. A £130 jackpot will be up for grabs.