PHIL Joy’s emotion matched his name today when he signed a new one-year contract to stay with Oldham RL Club in 2017 — his seventh season with his hometown club.
Apart from Danny Langtree, who is half-way through a two-year deal, 24-year-old Joy is the first Oldham player to commit to the club for next year.
“I’ve never wanted to go anywhere else, so I’m happy — very happy,” said the big prop, whose new deal in sporting circles quickly follows a promotion in his professional life.
From Monday to Friday, the man who plays his rugby in the front-row, where the sport is at its roughest and toughest, is a suited and booted Model Risk Oversight Manager at the Leeds head office of the Yorkshire Building Society.
And he believes he’s not taking too much of a chance to suggest that Roughyeds WILL stay in the Championship at the end of their inaugural season in the sport’s second tier.
He said: “I’m confident we’ll do it. It’s been a big step-up from League One for us, but we always knew it would be.
“We’ve had our ups and downs, but it’s been a very enjoyable ride and a huge challenge. It was never going to be anything else in a division with full-time clubs and several others which have been in this division for a few years.
“We’ve had some great wins against Sheffield (home and away) and Featherstone, Dewsbury and Batley at Bower Fold.
“We haven’t done as well against Swinton Lions and the two Cumbrian clubs, but I think our inconsistencies have depended on our attitudes and whether we ‘turned up’ on any specific day.”
Chris Hamilton, the club chairman, said: “We have started the process of speaking to people about next year and Phil was the first to agree a deal and sign on.
“It’s a big challenge for any team and any individual player who is stepping up into the Championship from League One, but particularly so for forwards like Phil, who battle it out week after week in the front-row.
“He has done particularly well to meet that challenge and we are delighted to secure his services for another year.”