OLDHAM RL Club have signed Salford Red Devils youngster Jake Bibby, initially on loan for a month.
The highly-rated outside back, aged 20, will join Roughyeds at training tomorrow night and will be in contention for the squad to play Dewsbury Rams at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm) when Scott Naylor’s men will be striving to pick up their first Championship win at the third attempt.
Bibby, who starred in last season’s Salford under-19s side, is being groomed for Super League by the Reds, who think he will derive a lot of benefit from a spell in the Championship under the wing of Naylor and his coaching assistants, Lee Spencer and Peter Carey, who were all on Salford’s staff earlier in their careers.
Said Naylor: “Jake is well thought of at Salford, where he is on the fringe of the first team. He is an outside back and we don’t have a great deal of those.
“He’s a new face and he’ll make the squad a little bit bigger. I’m looking forward to working with him. Hopefully, we’ll both get a lot out of the loan.
“He’ll link up with us on Thursday and all things being equal he’ll be in the frame with everyone else for Sunday.”
The deal was steered through and finalised by Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton and Salford coach Ian Watson.
Said Hamilton: “Salford expect Jake to play in Super League this year, but they’re keen for him to get some experience first at our level.
“Other clubs were also after him so we’re grateful to Salford and Ian Watson for helping us to nail it.”
Updates on the walking wounded read like this:
Danny Grimshaw (calf and ankle) — trained normally last night, now waiting to see if he has any adverse reaction.
Steve Roper (head injury) — didn’t train. Will have a head test tomorrow.
Liam Thompson (head injury) — had his head test last night. Now waiting for results to come back from the RFL.
Craig Briscoe (knee) — waiting for scan results.