Tough times ahead….Scott

Date published: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
SCOTT Naylor has warned of tough times ahead for Oldham next season in rugby league’s restructured third tier.
Grand Final defeat by Hunslet means Naylor’s men will operate at this level for the ninth year in a row, having been relegated in 2006 while fending off a cash crisis.
Due to the RFL’s far-reaching shake-up, however, the third division will have five more teams in it than the nine currently in Kingstone Press Championship One.
Hunslet return to tier two, but five come down from the Championship — Keighley Cougars, North Wales Crusaders, Rochdale Hornets, Swinton Lions and Barrow Raiders.
Coventry’s inclusion for the first time produces a 14-club division, comprising six from the sport’s heartlands and eight from development areas further afield.
Traditional clubs: Keighley, Rochdale, Swinton, Barrow, York, Oldham.
Others: NW Crusaders, Gateshead Thunder, Hemel Stags, Gloucester All Golds, London Skolars, Oxford, SW Scorpions, Coventry.
Said Naylor: “With those five clubs coming down, this division will be the most competitive and demanding that Oldham have had to face for a long time.
“We need to recruit, spend some money and get the best squad we can possibly assemble because next year will be twice as hard as this one, and in this one we failed.”
He said it was “ridiculous” that Roughyeds should lose six Grand Finals in eight years and added: “There’s something wrong somewhere and we need to find a way of changing it.
“That apart, we’re grown men and we’ve just got to get on with it. 
“I’ve lost in Grand Finals and I know it will sting for a long time. But the boys have to put it behind them now and come back and have another go.
“Any player at Oldham who doesn’t have the attitude and the drive to do that is wasting his time.”