TEENAGERS OUT TO IMPRESS

Date published: Thursday, March 21, 2013

THREE young hopefuls, two of them teenagers, will make their Oldham RL Club debuts in the under-20s side to face South Wales Scorpions at Whitebank on Saturday (2.30pm kick off).

In the first home game of the season all eyes will be on prop Danny Hurley (18), a product of local amateurs Waterhead, and two new half-backs in 17-year-old Jack Morgan and new signing Sam Singleton.
Roughyeds moved quickly to snare 20-year-old Singleton when he was released by Leigh, and he goes straight into the side against the Welshmen.
Morgan, formerly with Warrington Wolves academy, has been training at Oldham for several weeks and has had to be patient while waiting for his opportunity.
Coach Phil Costin will settle on his line-up at training tonight, and he will go for his youngest side to date because there will be no first-team players available to him, as there were in the opening two league games at Leigh and at Rochdale.
He said: “The Welsh are an unknown quantity, but they put up a good show in defeat at Salford, who are the strongest side in the competition. We look forward to the challenge.”
Hooker Luke Hollyman (19) is the one to watch in a Scorpions side which is mainly made up of Welsh boys with a background in rugby union.
“We’ve identified each young player in the squad as one who can go a long way in rugby league,” said a club spokesman.
Like Roughyeds, they are seeking their first win, having lost to Featherstone, Leigh and Salford.
* THE Junction, Ripponden Road, plans to lay on a bus from that side of town to Whitebank and return. Cost is £2.50. Ring (0161) 633 2759 by 10pm tonight to book.
That’s also the booking cut-off point for Junction transport to Neath on Sunday for the Northern Rail Cup game between Scorpions and Oldham, which kicks off at 3pm. The price per person is £15.