Roper, Mason set to stay

Date published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
STEVE Roper and Nathan Mason are staying at Whitebank for the foreseeable future even though their original one-month loan deals have now expired.

The month was up after last Sunday’s game against London Skolars, but Oldham had already completed new arrangements with Rochdale Hornets (for Roper) and with Huddersfield Giants (for Mason) which extended the loans to the end of the season.
In each case, however, there is a standard recall clause which will allow the parent club to take their player back whenever they wish.
Local lad Mason (20), a prop, has helped Roughyeds to win their last four games against Oxford, York, Gloucester and London Skolars.
Half-back Roper (27) made his debut at Gloucester and kept his place alongside Brett Robinson in Sunday’s 46-16 trouncing of the Skolars at Whitebank.
Coach Scott Naylor was keen to keep both players at Whitebank.
Said chairman Chris Hamilton: “They’ve both made an impact here and we are delighted to have secured their services more permanently on loan extensions.
“Nathan had a loan spell with us last year so we always knew he would make a big contribution.
“Steve had to wait patiently for his chance when we first signed him a month ago, but in the last two games he has done everything we expected of him in slotting into a new team in a key pivotal role and taking to it like a duck to water.
“Both players have said how much they enjoy being at the club and it goes without saying that we are more than happy to have them.”
Oldham go to Hemel Stags on Sunday (2.30pm kick off) where they could find themselves opposed by a familiar face on short-term loan.
The March twins, Paul and David, have proved formidable opponents in recent years, particularly when playing alongside each other in the same team.
David is now at Hunslet and Paul is player-coach at Keighley, but he is currently serving a two-month RFL ban for verbally abusing match officials.
Until July 8 he is not allowed to be in any stadium where Keighley are playing, but he is allowed to turn out himself so long as it isn’t for the Cougars.
To keep himself fit he has signed for Hemel on loan while effectively still running the show at Keighley from a distance.
He is lined up to make his first appearance as a ‘Stag’ against Oldham.
Said Hemel coach Troy Perkins: “Paul will give us a lot of experience, especially as we are short of ball players.
“For a man of his experience and background to come down here and play a few games in Championship One is a credit to him.
“In the month that he’s with us his presence will give us a huge lift.”