Time to consolidate – ScottDate published: Friday, September 25, 2015
PROMOTED Oldham RL will aim to retain the core of this season’s squad in the Championship, said League One coach of the year Scott Naylor.
Speaking on BBC Radio Manchester, he said the challenge for Roughyeds in their first season of Championship rugby would be to stay in the higher division and consolidate at that level, ideally with a bigger squad than he had this year.
“If we finish in mid-table I should get a knighthood,” added a tongue-in-cheek Naylor, recognising that his side of part-timers will be going head to head next year with some clubs who will be full time.
Naylor and his chairman Chris Hamilton are already working overtime on putting together a 2016 squad that they believe will be competitive.
Tom Ashton, Lewis Palfrey, Danny Langtree and Adam Clay have been retained so far on new deals — others will follow — and two new boys have been added to the roster in winger Jamel Chisholm and back-row forward Craig Briscoe from Barrow.
Naylor said the core of the side that clinched promotion by beating Keighley were signed from Super League academies three years ago and had been working with him at Whitebank ever since.
While a coach had unlimited time with full-time players, the part-time scene was totally different.
“Some of our lads are at university, or have been in the past three years, but I’ve also got players who work on building sites and who come straight from work to training where they then get hammered in other ways.”
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