OLDHAM RL Club have done more beat-the-deadline business by extending Lewis Foster’s loan agreement to the end of the season — and they haven’t given up on completing at least one more deal before the 5pm cut off.
Chairman Chris Hamilton has confirmed that he will be spending much of the last few hours before deadline on work associated with squad strengthening.
While the Foster deal will be warmly welcomed by supporters it wasn’t as good as it might have been because Leigh insisted on a call-back clause.
Said coach Scott Naylor: “Lewis has shown already that he is good for us and I’m really pleased we’ve got him for longer.
“Hopefully, he will attain the same levels of performance that he achieved in his first month with us and help us to play well and get the desired results in the play-offs.”
With a few hours left, and following the capture of North Wales Crusaders winger Scott Turner and Kieran Gill’s loan extension to the end of the season, Naylor goes into Sunday’s final regular league game with 19 contracted players, four loanees and the possibility of dual-reg players from Huddersfield Giants.
He has described the Workington Town game at Bower Fold as the biggest in his four years at the club, given the nature of a battle to avoid relegation which encompasses six clubs, two to go down.
Roughyeds are currently third bottom, but if they beat the Cumbrians and other results go their way they could climb two places.
New-signing Turner, recovering from a fractured eye socket, won’t be considered for this one, but everyone else is fit.
Centre Gill, who turned down London Broncos and Batley Bulldogs to stay at Oldham, said: “Town will be a tough proposition, but it will be good to end this phase of the season at Bower Fold.
“Our fans deserve a big performance from us to send us into the Shield games on a high and we’ll be doing our best to deliver.
“Vibes around the dressing room tell me we can climb up the table in the next couple of months and achieve our targets.”
Oldham (from): Lepori, Clay, Grimshaw, Gill, Chisholm, Hewitt, Palfrey, Burke, Files, Briscoe, Langtree, Hope, Hughes, Ward, Gee, Blagbrough, Owen, Spencer, Middlehurst, Foster, Joy, Thompson plus dual-reg men.
Workington (from): Murphy, Ritson, Hulme, Mossop, Patrick, Sammut, C Phillips, Gordon, Mattinson, Shackley, B Phillips, Gee, Olstrum, Doran, McAvoy, Walker, Scholey, Coward.