Rouughyeds May update

Date published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

OLDHAM RL Club have suffered a setback in their ongoing quest to bolster their injury-depleted squad.

Props David Tootill and Lewis Reed, who made their first appearances in Sunday’s 26-16 home defeat by Whitehaven, are each here on a month’s loan from Hunslet Hawks and Keghley Cougars respectively.

Another player was ready to sign in time to play in Saturday’s rearranged home game against South Wales Scorpions (1pm kick off).

“Everything was sorted out, but it all fell down at the last minute,” said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton.

“His club had a change of mind after suffering injuries at the weekend.

“It was very frustrating, but we have gaps to plug in the squad and the search goes on.”

Second-row man Paul Noone, out for five weeks since he damaged an ankle at London Crusaders, is confident that he will be fit to return to the side this weekend.

“At a pinch I might have played against Whitehaven,” he said, “but if there was the slightest chance of a recurrence neither I nor the club wanted to take that risk for the sake of one game.

“I’ll feel a lot happier about coming back this week and I’m pretty certain that will happen.”

David Ellison also has a good chance of making it, and there are hopes that winger John Gillam might also be available for selection for the first time since he broke a big toe in a bizarre accident at home a couple of months ago.

That would still leave Shaun Robinson, Chris Clarke, Paul Smith, Neil Roden and Luke Stenchion sidelined and Valu Bentley (calf), Lucas Onyango (hamstring) and Alex Thompson (knee) battling against time to overcome injuries picked up in the Whitehaven game.

There’s also the worry of Jamie Dallimore’s appearance before the RFL disciplinary committee in Leeds this evening with the threat of suspension hanging over him.

He will have the support of his club chairman at the hearing which will allege that he committed the grade C offence of ‘dangerous contact’ in the defeat at Doncaster.

New boy Reed, meanwhile, has revealed that he has no preference between prop and second-row and that he feels comfortable in both.

Coach Tony Benson had planned to use him against Whitehaven as a replacement prop, but he was forced to go into the second-row when Bentley was injured in the first few minutes.

“As long as I’m playing I’m happy to play anywhere,” said the 21-year-old Keighley forward, who had four years at Bradford Bulls before signing for the Cougars at the start of this sseason.

“I’m often asked if I’m a prop or a second-rower, but the truth is I don’t care.

“Despite Sunday’s defeat, I loved playing first-team rugby and the Oldham boys made me feel at home.

“I’m here for a month to help out and I would love nothing better than to be part of a side that starts to turn results around.”

Reed has played first-team rugby in the Championship with Keighley, but it was his performance in the Cougars reserve team that drew with Oldham at Whitebank earlier this month that caught Benson’s eye.

Added Reed: “When Keighley asked me if I would like to go to Oldham on loan for first-team experience I jumped at it.”