‘Things went well’ — Danny boy

Date published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
DANNY Whitmore might stay at Oldham RL Club beyond his initial one-month loan agreement.
It would need the approval of both clubs and the Batley Bulldogs player, but after only one game in Oldham colours 23-year-old Whitmore is happy to keep his options open.
As captain Lewis Palfrey’s half-back partner, he played a key role in Roughyeds’ 30-12 win at Hemel Stags to earn post-match plaudits from coach Scott Naylor.
“I’m here for a month, but when the month’s up we’ll see what happens from there,” said local lad Whitmore.‘Things went well’ — Danny boy
“If I’m happy with my rugby and Batley don’t need me to go back I’d like to carry on doing my best for my home-town club, even if it meant doing it on a week-to-week basis.”
A product of the Waterhead club, Whitmore had a few years at Salford, then three at Oldham under Tony Benson’s tutelage before signing for John Kear’s Batley Bulldogs.
He added: “I knew I would immediately fit in at Oldham again, even though its a new team from the one I left behind, because Scott (Naylor) coached me for three years at Salford and I was chuffed to sign for him again. He’s a good coach.
“To be honest, it was great to be back yet, in a nice sort of way, it felt a bit weird.
“I was back at Oldham, but in a new team, and in many ways it reminded me of my Salford days.
“To be back playing for Scott and ‘Spanner’ (assistant coach Lee Spencer) and to be sharing the half-back job with Lewis (Palfrey) took me back to when I played at The Willows.
“Mark Hobson was also at Salford back then and Lewis and I often played at half-back together on our way through the academy system.
“It was nice to link up with him again, and I thought things went well. It was like turning back the clock.
“I’m also a mate of ‘Spanner’s’ son Jack, who came up through the ranks at Salford with us. He’s at Barrow now after spending last year in Australia with Wests Tigers.
“I’ve learned a lot from John Kear at Batley, even though I’ve only been there a relatively short time, and I like to think I’ve come back as a more experienced player who can happily fit in well at half-back.”
With no first-team game on Sunday, under-20s coach Phil Costin is expected to name a strong side for Friday night’s clash with York City Knights at Whitebank (kick-off 8pm).