Rob Foxen

Date published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

OLDHAM RL are stepping up their efforts to keep on-loan winger Rob Foxen.

He came initially for one month, which has now expired.

During that time the strong-running Swinton Lions winger has played against Whitehaven, London Skolars and South Wales Scorpions, achieving two wins out of three.

The 24-year-old former Salford City Reds man has intimated that he would like to see out the season at Whitebank.

If he is to play in the Roughyeds’ remaining four league games and perhaps the play-offs, however, Oldham will have to negotiate an extension to his loan.

There is no immediate rush, as Tony Benson’s men have a weekend off, but they will want to complete a deal so that Foxen can play against already-promoted league leaders Barrow Raiders at Craven Park on Sunday week, August 5.

“We have opened talks with Swinton and we are now waiting for them to get back to us,” said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton.

He confirmed that talks were also ongoing with Leeds Rhinos about the immediate futures of dual-registered pair Daniel Smith and Colton Roche, whose agreements run out at the end of the month.

Full-back Miles Greenwood, who has enjoyed an eye-catching debut season with his hometown club, missed the win in South Wales on Sunday — his only absence all year — because his wife Joanne was expecting their first child.

She was admitted to the Royal Oldham Hospital at 5.30am on Monday and Myli John, weighing in at 8lbs 2 oz, arrived eight and a half hours later.

Greenwood (24), the club’s top try scorer with 15, said: “Both are well, and Joanne is already putting out her orders.

“I was made up for the boys when I heard the score from Neath and now I’m looking forward to the Barrow game when we will be pushing to make it three wins in a row.”

Neither first team nor second team have a game this weekend, but on Saturday the under-18s will play their last game of the year against Hunslet Hawks at Whitebank (2.30pm).

It will be the culmination of seven months of hard work by coach Phil Costin and his scholarship squad. Admission is £4 adults, £2 concessions.