Palfrey’s Leadership spot on — Gee

Date published: Thursday, July 25, 2013
SAM Gee believes Lewis Palfrey’s captaincy skills will play a big part in guiding Oldham to promotion.
The Roughyeds’ hooker and vice-captain stops short of predicting HOW they will become one of the two clubs to go up, but he is in no doubt that Palfrey is the man to lead a young side out of Championship One.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s top v second clash with North Wales Crusaders at Whitebank (3pm), Gee described his 23-year-old captain as “mature beyond his years” and said he was a very influential figure in the heat of battle.
Said Sam (26): “As vice-captain and one of the older players, I like to think some of the boys look to me for guidance, but in the main I can just concentrate on my own game because Lewis (Palfrey) has his finger on the pulse.
“He’s very mature in how he thinks, how he plays and how he communicates with the team, both individually and collectively.
“He’s a great captain, who also has the support and backing of Neil Roden, a man who’s done it all in his many years at the club.”
Gee isn’t alone in starting to produce his best form of the season at just the right time and he puts that down to the way the squad has been coached and managed by Scott Naylor and Lee Spencer since day one back in November.
He added: “I also lot to three great dressing room characters — Lewis Palfrey, Mark Hobson and Liam Thompson.
“They’re on my case all the time, but they know I play better when they’ve got me wound up, and they do that all right.
“Sunday’s game is massive. Crusaders are favourites to finish top because of their two games in hand, but if we beat them they’ll start to feel a bit of pressure.
“We felt they had a bit of luck on their side when they nicked it 22-20 at Wrexham, so we definitely owe them one.
“Our fans are mint — loud and proud — and we’ll need them to be at their best because Crusaders will have big support and they’ll bring their song sheets and the chap who never stops banging his drum.
“They’ve some very good players, but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on ‘Dally’ (former Oldham half-back Jamie Dallimore), who’s a great friend of mine.
“We’ve grown and developed as a side as the season has gone on and I think we are better now than we were seven weeks ago when we ran them so close at their place.
“They lost at Hemel, their only league defeat, and they didn’t have things all their own way at Oxford so we think they’ve a couple of slip-ups in them, and we hope to really test them.”
* The under-20s go to York tonight (8pm kick off) and then finish their season at home to York on Friday, August 16 (8pm).
* London Skolars, whose remaining games include Oldham and North Wales, both at the New River Stadium in North London, have signed former Leeds, Hull, Bradford and Great Britain player Gareth Raynor.