SCOTT Naylor has high hopes of Oldham new boy Craig Briscoe, who will face a big test against his former Barrow team mates at Craven Park on Sunday.
22-year-old Wigan-born back-rower signed for Leigh as a 16-year-old and played 52 senior games for them before going to Barrow — initially on loan — and enjoying two good seasons with the Raiders.
He was offered a new deal at the end of last year, but opted to return to the Championship with newly-promoted Roughyeds.
Now, says Naylor, he is relishing the prospect of going back to his former club for the first time and going head to head with a lot of familiar faces.
Based on Briscoe’s Oldham debut at Keighley, and what he has seen of him over eight weeks of pre-season work, Naylor is backing the lad who was reared at Wigan St Jude’s to make a big impact this year in the Roughyeds’ jersey.
He has already played a lot of Championship rugby, first with Leigh and then for Barrow in 2014 when they were one of the five clubs to drop into League One as part of the RFL’s major revamp of the league structure.
Said the Oldham boss: “I liked what I saw of Craig when he played against us for Barrow last season and I’ve been really happy with him since he joined us.
“He’s going to be a very good player for us in the Championship and he will be a big loss to Barrow.”