Scott wants ‘Whitty’ to stay

Date published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SCOTT Naylor is keen to extend Danny Whitmore’s loan period at Whitebank.

The Batley Bulldogs’ player, here initially for one month, hinted after his first Oldham game at Hemel Stags that a longer stay  couldn’t be ruled out.
And coach Naylor has since confirmed that he would like to include 23-year-old Whitmore in his half-back plans on an open-ended agreement.
He said: “It would suit me to have him here for as long as John Kear (Batley boss) would allow it.
“Hopefully we can sort something out. Danny would like that, and so would we. I coached him at Salford, but when I came to Oldham he had already signed for Batley.
“It can take a half-back time to settle in at a new club, but Danny and Lewis Palfrey were often half-back partners in their academy days at Salford and they looked very comfortable together against Hemel.”
Naylor never gives much away on team selection until later in the week.
But having seen Roughyeds score six tries in a 30-12 win in Hertfordshire he is unlikely to make much change for Sunday’s visit of Gateshead Thunder to Whitebank (1pm kick off), possibly the odd tweak if he again looks at squad rotation.
Salford’s highly-rated young centre Jon Ford played on dual registration at Hemel and sent in his winger, Dale Bloomfield, for two of his three tries.
Naylor hopes to retain Ford’s services for the Gateshead game and possibly bring in a second player from Salford on dual registration.
He added: “The decision to play some of the boys in the under-20s game against York worked out well and I should have a fully-fit squad available.”
Discussing the Roughyeds’ second-best defensive record in the division (58 points conceded in four games), Naylor said there was still room for improvement.
He said footage of the Hemel game showed clearly that the home side’s first try should not have been allowed because the ball carrier was initially tackled short.
He went on: “Take six points off our ‘points against’ column and it looks even better, but there is no reason why we can’t get better and better.
“We have worked hard on our defence and we have improved loads since the Northern Rail Cup.
“It’s also about scoring points. I wasn’t happy with our attack against Oxford, but we played with a lot more attacking freedom at Hemel and hopefully that will continue.”