Under-20s in action

Date published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

THE latest crop of youngsters on Oldham RL Club’s production line will be unveiled at Whitebank tomorrow (wed) night.

Only nine of the 23 clubs in the two divisions beneath Super League will invest in under-20s teams in the coming season and Roughyeds are proud to be one of them.
Despite significant cuts this year in RFL funding to Kingstone Press Championship One clubs, Oldham felt it was important for the club to stick to its principles on youth development.
Of the nine, only four are in Championship One — Oldham, Rochdale Hornets, South Wales Scorpions and newcomers Hemel Stags.
To form an under-20s Merit Table of ten, they are joined by Salford City Reds from Super League and by Leigh, Keighley, Featherstone, Halifax and York from the Championship.
“Our commitment to developing our own players has been successful over the years, and we intend to continue on that road,” said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton.
“Our fans have always backed us on this and we trust they will again get behind our youngsters this season, particularly when they play at Whitebank, starting tomorrow.”
Admission to the eight home games in the Merit Table will be free to season-ticket holders, but tomorrow night’s pre-season warm-up match against York City Knights (8pm kick off) is all pay, £4 adults, £2 concessions.
The clubs have agreed to use over-age players, but the strength of Phil Costin’s Oldham squad will hinge on whether head coach Scott Naylor wishes to give a run-out to players from his senior squad, who have no game this weekend.
The under-20s comprises several players from last year’s under-18s (now disbanded in RFL’s reorganisation of age group rugby) plus a dozen or so new recruits, most of them sourced from Super League clubs.