Roughyeds Updates

Date published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PAUL Brearley, Oldham RL reserve team’s rangy 6ft7in centre, will miss his side’s quest for silverware in the Reserves Championship play-off final at Whitebank.

He damaged a shoulder in the first half of the qualifier at Widnes, which Oldham won 46-22, and went to hospital with his arm in a sling.

“Medical reports indicate that he has no chance of playing,” said coach John Hough. “He has been a regular for weeks. How unlucky can you be?”

Goal-kicking half-back Jamie Dallimore (hamstring) and prop Matty Barber (knee) were also hurt at Widnes.

They will be assessed at regular intervals over the next few days as preparations begin in earnest for a final in which Roughyeds will play the winners of Saturday’s Widnes v Leigh clash.

The big game is scheduled to be played over the weekend of the 23, 24, 25 of September — at Whitebank — but Oldham can’t announce specific details until they have had Rugby League approval.

“We are waiting for them to get back to us,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton. “We’ve been in touch about the date, kick-off time and other arrangements, and we just need the nod from the RFL now.”

Having signed eight players already for 2012, Roughyeds officials expect to see more signatures on contracts before the end of the week.

This is the first time since 2006 that Oldham have been able to start recruiting in mid-September.

Added Hamilton: “If there could possibly be an upside to losing a play-off tie against derby rivals, it at least gives us more time to get things ready for 2012.

“Our final appearances in 2007 to 2010 inclusive obviously delayed things.”

Coach Tony Benson has given supporters a further insight into why he was keen to keep Mark Brocklehust, who has signed a new one-year deal .

“He can play well in several positions on both sides of the field,” he said, “and with such versatility he offers a lot in situations where otherwise we might get caught out.

“It says a lot about him that, despite playing all around the park, he has still finished as top try scorer.

“He is very experienced at this level and he is consistent in performance.

“Furthermore, he is courageous when taking the ball forward.”