Scott gets his man

Date published: Thursday, October 10, 2013

HALF-BACK Brett Robinson has rejected approaches from clubs in both Championship divisions to sign a one-year contract with Oldham.

The Wigan-born 23-year-old, who was at Oxford in the season just finished, is said to be a recognised play-maker with the expertise to enhance Roughyeds’ creativity in midfield.

Oxford offered him a new deal, while Swinton Lions, newly-promoted North Wales Crusaders and Rochdale Hornets and relegated Hunslet Hawks were among clubs believed to have shown interest.

Coach Scott Naylor, delighted to get his man despite this strong competition, said Robinson was hungry for success and believed Oldham would provide him with the rugby environment he was looking for.

Added Naylor: “When players who have been offered Championship rugby still want to come to Oldham it shows that people in the game are saying the right things about us.

“A lot of clubs have been chasing him since Oxford’s season finished. I met him for a chat last week. He’s a player I’ve always liked.

“He will fit into the way we are doing things and the way we are attempting to progress the Roughyeds team and the Oldham club.

“He’s the perfect signing for us. He will make a huge difference to the strength of the squad, adding qualities that will hopefully allow us to build on what we achieved last season.

“When he was coming through the ranks at Wigan as a teenager everyone was talking about him, but he picked up a couple of early injuries that set him back a bit and then he went off to Australia for a couple of years and that took him off the radar of clubs over here.”

While in Australia he played in two grand finals with North Beach in Perth and then came back to England where he starred for Oxford in their 18-16 win at Whitebank in April — a defeat which many pundits believed was the one which ultimately cost Roughyeds the championship.

Robinson played in the same Wigan St Pat’s side as Oldham skipper Lewis Palfrey before Palfrey signed for Salford and Robinson for Wigan on a three-year contract.

He later had spells with Widnes Vikings and Rochdale, winning England honours at schoolboy and academy levels along the way, before leaving for Western Australia.

Said Robinson, who lives and works in Wigan: “I liked what Scott had to say about his ambitions for Oldham. It’s a good club and a good set-up and I know they’ll be pushing for promotion again, which is just what I want.

“I want to make as much progress as I can in the game and I think I’ll be able to do that while working for Scott and ‘Spanner’ (assistant coach Lee Spencer) at Oldham.

“At the same time I hope I can justify the faith Scott has shown in me by adding something to the team.”

Robinson becomes the Roughyeds’ third new signing behind 19-year-old prop Paddy Mooney from London Broncos and hooker or half-back Danny Whitmore from Batley Bulldogs.