Squad strengthener in action

Date published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
FANS who contribute to Squad Strengthener helped Oldham RL Club to secure the services of highly-rated hooker Adam Files on a one-year contract, club chairman Chris Hamilton has revealed.
Files (21) was the club’s second highest try scorer with 15 last season while on long-term loan from Super League club Salford.
To make him a fully-fledged Oldham player on contract this year, Roughyeds had to compete with clubs in the higher Championship division.
Liam Gilchrist, now at Rochdale, and Richard Lepori, who has moved to Australia, have been cut from the wage bill, but replaced by new signings Paddy Mooney, Danny Whitmore, Brett Robinson and Ben Wood.
Salford centre Jon Ford, who played for Roughyeds for most of last season on dual registration or on loan, has gone to Sheffield Eagles on season-long loan, but young prop Alex Davidson (21) has arrived at Whitebank from Salford on a similar long-term arrangement.
Said Hamilton: “Squad Strengthener was a great help last year and it has come up trumps again this time by contributing to the capture of Adam Files.
“The club is extremely grateful to Squad Strengthener, and to everyone who is involved with it.
“The more people who are in it, the bigger the difference it can make.”
The club has retained most of last year’s squad, in some cases re-signing players who were being courted by clubs in the higher division.
The Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association (ORSA), who organise and run Squad Strengthener, say any assistance fans can provide will be of great value to the club, given that some contracts have been enhanced; that travelling to games all over the country incurs substantial costs; and that running an under-20s squad doesn’t come cheap.
Point of contact with ORSA is its treasurer Sheila Somerville at 48, Great Meadow, High Crompton, Shaw OL2 7PX, telephone (01706) 844810, email to: g.s.someville@ntlworld.com