Thompson ready to go

Date published: Thursday, April 4, 2013

OLDHAM RL boss Scott Naylor has confirmed that Liam Thompson’s Roughyeds’ career will start in the under-20s side to play Rochdale Hornets at Whitebank tomorrow (Fri) night, kicking off at 8pm.

The 21-year-old loose-forward, formerly with Wigan Warriors and Widnes Vikings, signed a one-year Oldham contract last autumn, but later had a shoulder operation.
Naylor has high hopes for Wigan-born Thompson, who won England schoolboys caps before joining the Warriors academy and ultimately moving to Widnes.
It was there that he worked his way through the Vikings youth system alongside second-row forward Josh Crowley, who has already made a big impression in his first season at Whitebank.
“Liam is a talented lad who will give us back-row options once he is fully match fit,” said Naylor.
“Because I haven’t been able to call on him in the seven games we have already played, it will be like having a new addition to the squad.”
The under-20s line-up, to be finalised at training tonight, will depend on whether Naylor wants any other members of his 22-man senior squad to be a given a run-out.
Thompson is unlikely to be the only new face, however.
Danny Hurley, an 18-year-old prop from Waterhead, is expected to figure in the 17, as is former Leigh scrum-half Sam Singleton, another new recruit.
Jack Sherratt, a forward from the Warrington area, faces a late fitness check after going over on his ankle in training on Tuesday.
Mark Davenport, coach Phil Costin’s assistant, will be in charge of the team and will also prepare it for next Thursday’s game at Keighley.
In their two previous outings, the Roughyeds youngsters were beaten 28-14 at Leigh and 26-12 at Rochdale.
Said Davenport: “Despite those early results, we’ve got a strong squad, both in size and depth.
“We’ve got some promising young players and we’ll be out to get our first win in our first of eight home games.”
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