Tyson signs on long-term loan

Date published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
SCOTT Naylor has taken his Oldham RL squad to 22 in number with the capture of another young forward from Salford Red Devils.
Aged 20, George Tyson is a few months younger than his former Salford team mate Alex Davidson, whom he has followed to Whitebank in order to sample senior rugby for the first time.
They are both on season-long loan agreements.
Hooker Adam Files, brought up in the same Salford stable, was here last season on a similar arrangement, but has since become a contracted Oldham player on a one-year deal thanks to the assistance of the supporters’ association’s Squad Strengthener fund.
Eight of the 22 contracted players now available to Naylor have come through Salford’s youth system.
Danny Whitmore, Lewis Palfrey, Tom Whitehead, Mark Hobson, Ben Wood, Files, Davidson and Tyson were all reared at The Willows, where they were coached in the main by Naylor’s Oldham assistant Lee Spencer.
Of his latest recruit from the Super League club’s nursery Naylor said: “George is a versatile lad who can play anywhere in the pack and that’s why I was keen to bring him in.
“He’s done all his pre-season work with Salford’s first team and he’s ready now to step up to senior rugby, which is what he’ll do with us.
“As I’ve said before, the squad is stronger all round than last year’s. It’s getting close to completion now, but I’d like to add one more outside back to finish it off and to give us just a little bit more strength in depth.”
Salford-born Tyson was a relatively late recruit to rugby league. He was 16 when he was persuaded by school pals to join them at Leigh Miners, where he played only a handful of youth games before he was spotted and signed on pro forms by Salford.
He said: “My long-term goal is to be playing in Super League in the next couple of years. In the meantime I’ll strive to be the best I can be for Oldham.
“My favourite position is second-row, but Scott (coach Naylor) says he wants to look at me in different positions. Wherever I’m picked, I’ll be happy just to be in the team.”
* The under-20s friendly against Keighley, scheduled for Whitebank tonight, is OFF.
The decision was taken with one eye on safeguarding Saturday’s third and final pre-season outing for the first team against Leigh Centurions, kick-off 2.30pm.
“In weather like this, and when we’re dealing with friendlies, we need to prioritise,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton.
Admission prices for the Leigh game are £9 adults, £7 concessions, £3 under-16s and a £2 transfer to seats for everybody