Tough decisions for ScottDate published: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
BACK home in Chorley and none the worse for his Moscow adventure, Richard Lepori is injury-free and looking forward to Oldham’s ‘Promotion Final’ against Keighley Cougars at Whitebank on Sunday.
He linked up again with the Roughyeds squad for training last night after playing for Italy against Russia last weekend.
“It was good to see him back in one piece,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton.
Lepori will now have his sights set on regaining his Roughyeds place in Sunday’s winner-takes-all battle against Keighley (3pm) for the right to win promotion to the Championship.
He won’t be on his own.
Senior players Danny Langtree, Lewis Palfrey, Sammy Gee, Adam Neal and George Tyson will also be sweating on a recall which, if they were all to get into the 17, would require coach Scott Naylor to dismantle the side that won 76-12 at Oxford to seal top spot in League One and clinch stewardship of the League Leaders’ Shield for the next 12 months.
Added Hamilton: “We’ve only got Steven Nield on the injured list, and he’s long term.
“Everyone else trained last night so Scott will have to make some tough calls.
“There’s going to be some disappointed lads, but what a great position to be in; only one player injured for what could potentially be our last game of the season.
“Far better to be in that position than to be struggling for a team.”
Naylor’s big choices will be at centre — two from Jon Ford, Tom Ashton, George Tyson —- and at half-back where he’ll recall his captain, Lewis Palfrey, and then partner him with Steve Roper or David Hewitt.
He’s got plenty of options too in the forwards . . . and with play-anywhere Sammy Gee also staking a claim will he allow himself the luxury of playing three hookers, as he has done for most of the season ?
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