Date published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Roughyeds’ reserve-team coach John Hough is determined to give his young hopefuls the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential.

On the day he announced the recruitment of former Super League star Francis Maloney as a player-mentor to give young players the benefit of his vast experience, Hough took his squad out to the Manchester Paintball Arena for a fun night away from the demands of pre-season training.

“We had a great time,” he said. “It’s important for the lads to get to know each other socially off the field, and that applies especially to a group like ours because players are coming in from all over the place and they need the right environment if they are to perform at their best.”

The Manchester Paintball Arena, situated at the Nile Mill in Fields New Road, Chadderton, was an excellent venue, he said.

“We had a great bonding session, enjoyed by everyone, and I’m sure we will reap the benefits in the months ahead. It was brilliant — really uplifting.”

Much of the Reserves’ pre-season work has been undertaken at Oldham Community Leisure’s new multi-million pound Chadderton Wellbeing Centre — a facility described by Hough as “fantastic”.

The Reserves’ opened up with a win at Keighley Cougars in their first pre-season warm-up game and they make a second appearance at Dewsbury this Thursday night (7.30pm kick off) in preparation for their opening league game at Leigh Centurions on Saturday, April 3 (3.00pm kick off).