WITH tough back-to-back warm-up games coming up at Barrow and Rochdale ahead of the Championship opener at home to London Broncos, Oldham boss Scott Naylor will look at all his options before naming his squad to travel to Craven Park on Sunday.
He spent Monday afternoon in Huddersfield with Giants’ head coach Paul Anderson, discussing all aspects of Oldham’s partnership with the Super League club, most notably the dual registration agreement.
Jon Ford, who took a bang to the head at Keighley in the first of the Roughyeds’ three pre-season games, wasn’t in the squad that was ready to go to Spotland last week for the ill-fated Law Cup game that fell victim to the first blast of winter.
The centre is fit again and he will be back in contention this weekend with the other 20 players, although Naylor is keeping his options open and has still to decide on a selection strategy and on how many players he wants to use in Cumbria.
He said: “Everybody is fit and everybody is training well. But I’ve still a lot of thinking to do before I name the squad for Sunday.
“Among other things I’ll be considering what I saw at Keighley in the first game and how best to use my players against Barrow and then Rochdale in order to have the squad in the best possible shape for the London game.
“Dual registration is available this weekend if we need it, so I’ll weigh up all my options over the next day or two.
“It was nice to have a chat with Paul Anderson face to face rather than over a phone. We covered a lot of ground and had a very positive meeting.
“We were going to have a free Sunday on January 31, but it’s more important that we play the Law Cup game. It’s a big derby clash for clubs, players and fans alike and its a game that needs playing.
“The weather beat us last Sunday, but we can’t do anything about that. Other than rearranging for January 31 we could have gone for midweek I suppose, but who wants that at this time of year.”
The RFL has confirmed that the first Law Cup game since 2013 can now go ahead at Spotland at the second time of asking on Sunday, January 31, kick-off 3pm.
Admission prices are £13 adults, £10 concessions and £1 under-16s. After match expenses are deducted, receipts are shared by both clubs.