Ringing out the old year with a session at Leigh

Date published: Monday, January 5, 2015
OLDHAM RL Club’s final training session of 2014 took the form of a day out at Leigh Sports Village.
Having already trained twice in the top-class facilities of new Super League partner club Huddersfield Giants, Roughyeds were delighted to accept an invitation to hit the road for a third time and work out at coach Scott Naylor’s hometown club.
The Oldham party, under the command of assistant boss Lee ‘Spanner’ Spencer, spent several hours at Leigh where they did Olympic-style power lifting in the Village’s state-of-the-art gymnasium and then went out on the nearby Leigh East pitch, first for an unopposed session followed by 20 minutes of full-on contact work against Leigh’s powerful first-team squad.
Said Spencer: “We had a superb work-out, for which we thank Leigh and their head coach Paul Rowley, who fixed it up with Scott (Naylor).
“Paul and his staff were terrific hosts, giving us everything we asked for and looking after us superbly.
“We asked for a full-contact session and Leigh’s aggression was exactly what we needed. It was an eye-opener for some of our younger players, but we scored two good tries, learned a lot and the experience was extremely beneficial.”
Nineteen of the club’s 21 contracted players took part, David Cookson and new boy Jack Holmes having been given the day off for pre-arranged work and family commitments.
Liam Thompson, who has a lower-back injury, had rehab and treatment while other members of the squad worked on weights, but club captain Lewis Palfrey, who is waiting for an operation to repair a hernia, was able to complete the full programme, both in the gym and out on the pitch.
Teenage half-back Tom Dempsey, still to make his senior debut, also showed up well, having fully recovered from a shin injury.
The squad will now get a few days off for the New Year holiday, reconvening next Tuesday evening to begin the build-up to three pre-season away games in February at Swinton, Leigh and Barrow.