Scott finally gets his man

Date published: Thursday, July 10, 2014
OLDHAM Rugby League Club’s search for another outside back came up trumps last night with the capture of pacy winger Adam Clay.
Barrow’s top try scorer in the Championship last year, 23-year-old Clay has joined Roughyeds initially on a short-term contract to the end of this season.
He figured in 27 of Barrow’s 29 games in 2013, scoring 12 tries although playing in a struggling side that only narrowly avoided relegation.
Suitably impressed, newly-promoted North Wales Crusaders signed him for a second time, but he was recently released, whereupon Scott Naylor pounced to finally get his man after 18 months of trying.
“I first came across Adam when he was a kid at Leigh Miners,” said the Oldham boss.
“I signed him on pro forms for Salford, and I’ve rated him ever since. I think he’s a fine player.
“We are light on outside backs and although he’s predominantly a winger, he could operate equally well at centre or full-back.
“The days have gone when players were only ever asked to play in one position. Adam can play across the back line and he’s a perfect fit for what we’ve been looking for.
“He’s a Championship player, no doubt about that.
“We tried to sign him at the end of last season when we were hoping to win promotion, but he opted to stay in the higher division and go back to Crusaders and we fully understood his reasons for doing so.
“I never lost my interest, though, and when he became available we snapped him up.”
Leigh-born Clay represented Great Britain Community Lions at under-18s level and shortly afterwards signed for Salford.
In 2011 he made two Super League appearances for Salford as a 19-year-old.
The following year he had a brief spell at Leigh (three tries in five appearances) and then Crusaders (six tries in ten outings).
It was during that season, pre-Naylor, that Crusaders did the double over Oldham, with Clay scoring a try both times.
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “Adam will add experience, pace and quality to the squad, just as we are hitting a crucial part of the season.
“He already knows some of the lads, which will help him to settle in quickly, and he is keen to get cracking as soon as he can.”