WITH the first pre-season game little more than three weeks away, Oldham RL boss Scott Naylor is satisfied that preparations are on schedule.
The club’s medical team will assess Danny Grimshaw, Nathan Chappell, Jack Spencer and Ben Davies at training tonight, but an upbeat Naylor is happy that his squad will be primed for action by the time they open up against Swinton Lions on Sunday, January 8.
He hasn’t ruled out the possibility of adding to a squad that currently numbers 21, but there is nothing pending.
“I’m always on the look-out, but they have to be the right people in the right positions at the right time,” said the Roughyeds boss. “To get the numbers right we would probably be looking at bringing in two more, but we always start with a small squad and build from there as and when the need arises.”
That policy has served him well in the past, but it is important that all his players are ready to hit the ground running, and especially so given that Craig Briscoe is waiting to have major knee surgery next month.
Naylor’s updates on others who are currently in the care of the medics read like this:
GRIMSHAW: He will be back at training tonight after a groin operation, which went well. He will be placed on a specific rehab programme. Hopefully, he will be ready for the Barrow game on January 15 but, if not, he will be right for the Law Cup clash with Rochdale at Bower Fold a week later.
CHAPPELL: Nearing the completion of rehab after minor knee surgery and will be back in full training soon.
SPENCER: Returned to full training on Tuesday after intensive rehab to fix a slight groin strain. He will be checked out tonight for any reaction.
DAVIES: Has had a slight problem with his lower back, which has troubled him previously. The medical team are doing a lot of work on him to rid him of the injury. It doesn’t stop him training normally, although certain gym routines are currently out of bounds.
ORSA, the supporters association, are putting on a hot-and-cold buffet, including hot roast-beef sandwiches, in the Bower Fold hospitality suite before and after the Law Cup game on Sunday, January 22.
To book ring Paul Hulbert on 07534329674 or John McAndrew on 07980129541. Cost is £25, including a main-stand seat.
Pre-match, there will be interviews with chairman Chris Hamilton and coach Scott Naylor, and after the game there will be presentations to the man of the match and the champagne-moment winner.