Robinson signs for 2012

Date published: Friday, September 2, 2011

OLDHAM RL winger Shaun Robinson is the first member of the current senior squad to sign a new contract for 2012.

The 22-year-old former Saddleworth Rangers player, a hit in his first season of Championship One rugby, has shaken hands on a deal to November 30 next year to follow the lead set by the reserve team’s Jamie Dallimore, Danny Langtree and David Cookson.

“Contract talks were easy because I didn’t want to go anywhere else,” said Robinson, who has scored seven tries in 17 games for his home-town club since making his debut against Swinton Lions at Whitebank at the end of March.

Only two players have scored more — Mark Brocklehurst (15) and Ben Heaton (14) — but John Clough, Matthew Fogarty and Lucas Onyango are also on seven.

Qualities which have endeared Robinson to Oldham fans, however, are not so much his try-scoring capabilities as his courage in defence, his safe hands under the high ball and his ability to turn defence into attack by making big advances on kick returns.

He has never looked back since getting his big break in the first team, and players like Dallimore, Langtree and Cookson will have noted what Robinson has achieved and will be keen to emulate him next year.

“Everything fell my way and I took my chance, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of the more experienced players around me,” added Robinson.

“To play at a higher level than anything I was used to previously was exciting in itself, and to represent my home town in a team which had some well-known players in it is was just

perfect.

“I’m now looking forward to the play-offs, followed by another year at Oldham.

“Our immediate aim is to win at Workington on Sunday and then do well in the play-offs as we strive for promotion. It’s going to be tough, but the feeling in the dressing room is that we have the capabilities to pull it off. We believe we can do it.

“We are in the middle of a good run and we have beaten, at least once, every other team who will be in the play-offs, except Workington.”

Tony Benson’s men, beaten twice already by the Cumbrians, get a third crack at them at Derwent Park in Sunday’s final game of the regular league season — a tough call for Roughyeds, but a game they will be keen to win in order to gain a psychological advantage as they head into the play-offs.

The Junction Inn, Ripponden Road, has confirmed that it will run a supporters’ coach to the game (ring 633 2759 to book), while ORSA, the Roughyeds’ supporters’ association, will hold its monthly meeting at Whitebank tonight (8pm).