Oldham lifted by new kid on the block

ADAM Neal’s broken jaw apart, Oldham RL Club’s critical injury situation showed signs of improving when the walking wounded were assessed at last night’s training get-together.

Danny Grimshaw (hamstring), Scott Turner (concussion), Danny Langtree (arm) and George Tyson (knee) were all expected to be “okay by weekend.”

And there was a new kid on the block in 18-year-old Connor Williams, who signed last week from Salford Red Devils on a month’s loan, but couldn’t train last Thursday or Saturday because he was unwell.

“He’s with us now and he’ll be available for the Featherstone game,” said coach Scott Naylor, who will have a hole in the threequarter line to plug because Sammy Gee will be working off a one-game suspension after his dismissal for punching in the Summer Bash derby with Rochdale Hornets.

It was initially felt that Langtree’s arm injury might prove to be a pressing problem, but Naylor said: “It’s not as bad as we first thought. He should be okay by weekend along with Grimshaw, Turner and Tyson.

“There’s a slight possibility that Scott Leatherbarrow (ankle) and Jack Spencer (groin) might be ready too, but the probability is that it will be the Sheffield game on Sunday week for these two.

“With a bit of luck, Gareth Owen might also be ready by then. Scan results show that his foot injury is not as bad as we thought.”

Richard Lepori (ankle) will have a scan tomorrow and Naylor hopes to have his results to hand  by weekend.

Chairman Chris Hamilton will be Oldham’s voice at a meeting of Championship clubs at Hunslet today to discuss various proposals for the reorganisation of the league.

“We’ll be looking at strategy moving forward, including the structure of the competition,” said the Roughyeds chief.

Super League are thought to be wanting a return to a 13-club or even a 14-club competition and Championship clubs want to know how that would affect them, especially in the distribution and allocation of Sky money.


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