Scott looking to strengthenDate published: Monday, June 15, 2015
SCOTT Naylor is looking to top-up his Oldham RL squad with more signings following the capture on loan of 19-year-old St Helens half-back David Hewitt.
Excluding players on loan and those used on dual-registration, there are only 19 players under contract and two of those, Steven Nield and Tom Ashton are currently out injured.
Scott chose not to give Hewitt his debut in the 64-0 hammering of Oxford, preferring to hold him back until he has spent more time at the club to familiarise himself with his new surroundings and his new team mates.
Speaking after a 12-try rout which provided him with his biggest winning margin since he came to Whitebank two and a half seasons ago, the Roughyeds team boss said: “David (Hewitt) has had only one and a half sessions with us, and he’s only 19.
“Another week with us will do him a world of good.
“It’s fair to say we are also actively looking for one or two more additions to the squad to come in before the cut-off point in a few weeks’ time.
“I’ve only got a small squad and if we were to get a few more injuries after the cut-off point we would very quickly be down to the bare bones.”
Looking ahead to next Sunday’s game at Swinton Lions, the Oldham boss said every fit and available player would be in contention.
That was in reply to a question about whether Hewitt might get his chance against the Lions.
Added Naylor: “Everybody’s in the mix, but I’ll pick the side I think is best suited to go head to head with Swinton.
“I always select on that principle. So it doesn’t necessarily mean I go off performances in the previous game. There are different reasons why any player is picked or isn’t picked, but I put a lot of emphasis on selecting a squad which takes into account who we are up against.”