Two signings to prop up squad

Date published: Friday, May 18, 2012

OLDHAM RL Club have pulled in two prop-forwards on loan in a bid to ease their injury crisis.
David Tootill, from Hunslet, and Lewis Reed, from Keighley, will go straight into the squad to face Whitehaven at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm) as Roughyeds aim to end a run of four league games without a win.
There may be more signings too next week.
“We’ve got others in the pipeline, hopefully to join us soon,” said chairman Chris Hamilton.
“We’ve been trying all week and we were rewarded when Tootill and Reed put pen to paper, each on a month’s loan.
“We are grateful to their clubs for allowing them to come.
“They will add to the quality we’ve already got — it’s certainly not a case of making up numbers.
“They were both keen to come and help us out while we are in this predicament.”
Reed, who has been on the fringe of Keighley’s first team this season, gave an eye-catching performance for Cougars’ reserves in a drawn game against Oldham at Whitebank last week.
Oldham-born Tootill (25) needs no introduction to local rugby league followers.
He was reared in the local amateur game before signing for Leeds Rhinos as a teenager.
In 2005, as an 18-year-old, he had two games for Oldham on loan from the Super League giants during Gary Mercer’s spell as coach.
He was one of the forward subs in a Roughyeds side which lost 32-20 at Castleford before beating Hull KR 40-20 at home, both in National League One.
The team that beat Rovers was: Dodd; Mills, Munro, Goddard, Johnson; Svabic, Mataora; Bibey, Barber, Wilson, Hodson, Roberts, J Hough. Subs: Kirkland, Glassie, Tootill, C Hough.
Tootill moved to the then Harlequins RL club in 2008, playing four times in Super League, before returning north to spend three seasons with Batley, for whom he made a total of 65 appearances between 2009 and 2011.
In this his first season at Hunslet he has played ten times, nine of them off the bench.
Both he and Reed are likely to be in the 17 to face the Cumbrians but the side will not be finalised until tomorrow.
Danny Whitmore and Mark McCully are expected to be fit after flu — they trained normally last night — and Alex Thompson is also looking good for a return to action after his groin injury.
Paul Noone (ankle) and David Ellison (hamstring) will face late tests.
Jamie Dallimore faces a date in front of the RFL disciplinary committee next Tuesday. He has been charged with a grade C offence — dangerous contact — in last Sunday’s defeat at Doncaster.
He is alleged to have ‘used his body forcefully to twist, bend or otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involved an unacceptable risk of injury’.
He will make a personal appearance with the backing of his club chairman, Chris Hamilton.
Any ban would not kick in until next week so the goalkicking half-back will be available to play against the Cumbrians, who are two points and one place better off than fifth-placed Roughyeds.
Whitehaven coach Don Gailer is expecting a tough challenge.
He said: “I expect a few of Oldham’s injured to be back in action and with home advantage they will be looking to recapture that winning feeling.
“We are after our second away win in a row and if we were to achieve that it would be a massive golden egg.”
Centre Scott McAvoy’s decision to take time away from the game has hit the Cumbrians hard.
“He’s not only a top player, but he’s a massive influence on the side,” said Gailer. “We’ll miss him a lot, but as one door closes another opens and other blokes now have a great chance to make a centre spot their own.”
+ROUGHYEDS got some good news on the injury front when winger Shaun Robinson’s visit to the fracture clinic showed that his hand was not broken, as was originally feared.
He will still be out for two to three weeks with severe bruising, but not for as long as was initially thought.