PATRICK Diskin, a 19-year-old winger from Castleford Tigers, has signed for Oldham on loan. He teamed-up with Roughyeds at training last night and he’s in the squad for Sunday’s Law Cup clash with Rochdale Hornets at Bower Fold (3pm).
Forwards Ben Davies and Liam Thompson are ruled out with back problems, but Thompson is expected to be ready for the opening league game against Sheffield Eagles, also at Bower Fold, on Sunday, February 5.
It would appear that prop Davies might not be available by then, given that the injury has been bothering him on and off for a few weeks and the club now wants to get him right once and for all.
One or two other players will be re-assessed at training tomorrow (Sat) before coach Scott Naylor names his 17 for what is sure to be a humdinger of a match — the first Law Cup tussle ever to be played in Stalybridge and the first of several key Championship games between these traditional derby rivals to be staged during the course of the season.
They clash home and away in the league and again at the Summer Bash in Blackpool and there is every likelihood that they will go head-to-head again in the Championship Shield once the table splits for the ‘eights’.
All eyes will inevitably be on Lewis Palfrey and on his half-back contest with Scott Leatherbarrow, but fans of both clubs will be showing more than a passing interest also in the likes of Josh Crowley, Miles Greenwood, Gary Middlehurst and Jack Holmes (all once of Oldham, now of Rochdale) and in the Roughyeds’ new boys, Leatherbarrow, Adam Neal, Dave Hewitt and George Tyson.
Another talking point will be the acquisition, and possible debut, of Cas teenager Patrick Diskin, who may well appear on the wing after signing for us on loan and training with the squad on Thursday night. He will have another run-out tomorrow morning and will be in contention for selection.
Scott and his coaching team hope a large number of Oldham fans will turn up to back the boys against the old enemy at the start of a brand-new season which promises to be a real helter-skelter of a campaign.
Scott has confirmed that dual-reg players from Huddersfield Giants will again be available to him if he needs them.
* Season tickets are not yet back from the printers, but fans will be able to pick them up at Bower Fold before the Sheffield game on February 5 or from Whitebank as soon as they are available.