Walne moves to TOwn

Date published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
JORDAN Walne, the Salford City Reds forward who played for Oldham on dual registration last weekend, has gone to Workington Town on loan.

He has been sent to the mid-table Kingstone Press Championship club for his second loan spell of the season at Derwent Park.

It was a move that disappointed Oldham boss Scott Naylor, who was impressed by Walne’s performance in the 26-18 win over Hemel Stags.

One of Naylor’s options in providing continued cover for the injured Jason Boults in the Roughyeds’ front-row was to stick with Walne on dual registration.

Roughyeds also suffered two more setbacks last night, first when Anthony Bowman pulled out of training with a shoulder injury.

Later in the session Liam Thompson took a blow to the face and suffered a gash which needed several stitches.

Said Naylor: “We’re doing nothing different in training, yet we went months without mishap and now we’ve had two training injuries within a week, first Jason Boults and now Liam Thompson.

“We train hard, and will continue to do so, because we are in a tough sport. Injuries like this will happen if your luck ┬áis out.

“Given these latest injuries and Jordan Walne’s move to Workington it’s not one of our better days, but that happens sometimes and what matters is how you deal with these things.”

Naylor did have one good-news story with which to balance things up . . . winger Mo Agoro, who has an ankle injury, is progressing well and may be fit for Sunday’s game at Gateshead after missing the wins against South Wales and Hemel Stags.

Hooker Sam Gee, who had an outstanding game against Hemel, is one of three Roughyeds players in the mythical Premier Sports Championship One team of the week, alongside Richard Lepori on the right wing and Lewis Palfrey at stand-off.

Team: Anthony (London Skolars), Lepori (OLDHAM), Reardon (North Wales), Morris (Oxford), Robinson (Oxford); Palfrey (OLDHAM), Skee (London Skolars); Howitt (Hemel), Gee (OLDHAM), Hadden (Oxford), Case (Rochdale), Middlehurst (North Wales), Smith (North Wales).

Club captain Palfrey is joint fifth in the division’s player-of-the-year rankings behind Hemel’s Mike Bishay, North Wales pair Gary Middlehurst and Stuart Reardon and Oxford’s pacy centre Sean Morris.