Scott plans closer links with amateurs

Date published: Friday, November 16, 2012
SCOTT Naylor, Oldham Rugby League Club’s new coach, plans to visit every amateur club in the town over the next couple of months in a bid to promote closer ties between Roughyeds and the local community game.
As a former coach at Salford City Reds, he knows how much young talent there is in the Oldham area and how most of it goes out of town to clubs like the City Reds and others in Super League.
While stopping short of suggesting that Championship One club Oldham could compete on the open market, he believes passionately that a closer working relationship between Roughyeds and the local amateurs would be of mutual benefit.
He said: “Like Leigh, where I come from, and Wigan, the Oldham area is renowned for producing top-quality young players, and has been for many years.
“We need to tap into that and forge stronger links with the amateur clubs. I’m sure that would benefit everybody. We could help each other.
“If you are a young bloke who likes playing rugby and then somebody is willing to pay you for doing it, how fantastic is that ?
“We want to see Oldham lads playing for their hometown club and developing accordingly, and not all the good ones are going to finish up with Super League clubs, especially in the current climate and with changes taking place to age-related rugby.”
Naylor said he would welcome closer links with the amateurs and would encourage visits to Whitebank by local players so they could spend time with the Oldham squad and get a taste of   life within the Roughyeds camp.