ADAM Clay will be chasing tries on Sunday in a bid to celebrate his 150th career appearance by finishing the season as Oldham’s top try scorer.
Arguably the Roughyeds’ most consistent player in 2017, the 26-year-old winger has to be a candidate for player of the year.
To start with, he’s played in 30 of the club’s 31 games this year in all competitions and in the last game of the season against Dewsbury Rams at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm kick-off) he’ll hit a personal milestone of 150 senior games.
He’s played 92 for Oldham; 21 for North Wales Crusaders; 27 for Barrow; five for Leigh; and four for Salford, totalling 149 since he made his debut for Salford in 2011.
In his three full seasons with Scott Naylor’s men, he’s played in 83 games out of a possible 92, missing only four in total in the two Championship seasons of 2016 and 2017.
He top-scored with 20 tries in 23 appearances in the promotion season of 2015.
His season-by-season breakdown at Oldham makes impressive reading: 2014, four tries in nine games; 2015, 20 in 23; 2016, nine in 30; 2017 (to date), 10 in 30; overall total, 43 in 92.
He has his sights set on finishing top of the try list again this season, but with Clay and impact prop Michael Ward each on 10, George Tyson on nine and Richard Lepori on eight it’s a race that will go down to the wire on Sunday.
As the Dewsbury game drops the curtain on the 2017 season, it will be regarded as a memorial match for all those with Oldham RLFC connections, including supporters, who have died during the year. There will be a minute’s applause before kick-off and a two-page memorial in the match-day programme with words by Revd. Tony Ford, the club chaplain.
Pre and post-match hospitality, including lunch, match ticket, interviews etc, is available at £35, or at £20 for season -ticket holders. Ring 07904898177 to book.
A bucket collection will be taken at the game to raise money for the club’s injured players, some of whom are unable to work, including one in particular who is struggling financially.
Dave Hill of Parkfield, Chadderton, OL9 0AF, won a signed shirt in the season-ticket holders’ draw at the Toulouse game. The lucky winner was drawn by club captain Gareth Owen. As the club has no phone number for him, Dave is asked to ring the office on 07904898177 to make arrangements for a shirt presentation at Sunday’s game.