Rush familier with Oldham players

Date published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
MIKE Rush, acting head coach at St Helens, will need no introducing to several members of the Oldham squad.
John Clough, Liam Gilchrist, Miles Greenwood, Bruce Johnson and Mark McCully all started out on their professional rugby league careers as young hopefuls at the old Knowsley Road ground.
“I remember them well,” said Rush, who was the Saints’ youth development manager for years and who will return to that role when current Huddersfield Giants boss Nathan Brown moves in as head coach at Langtree Park next season.
Greenwood and his cousin, Kyle Eastmond, who is now at Bath RU Club, were just two of many young Oldhamers who have passed through the Saints’ youth development system in recent years.
One Oldham teenager who is currently there, second-row forward Joe Greenwood, may make his Saints’ debut off the bench on Friday.
Roughyeds’ hooker Clough, meanwhile, will miss the cup tie because of the RFL’s two-match ban which he got for pushing Rochdale forward Alex Bowman into a perimeter advertising hoarding after the final hooter had gone at Spotland on Good Friday.
But for the ban he would have lined up in his home town’s new stadium against his brother Paul and against the team he has supported since he was a boy.