The men who are targeting promotion in 2018







Kyran Johnson


Squad Number: 1


Oldham Crest




Position: Full-back
DOB: March 23, 1994



Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 75kg


Profile

Pontefract-born Johnson played for Lock Lane and Castleford Panthers before joining Featherstone Rovers on junior scholarship forms at the age of 13. Went on to play 33 senior games for Rovers and eight for Hunslet on loan.

 

In his first season at Oldham.


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Zack McComb


Squad Number: 3


Oldham Crest




Position: Centre
DOB: September 9, 1995



Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 92kg


Profile

Signed for 2018 after successful trials against Barrow and Keighley. Spent five years with Huddersfield Giants in his teens and then had a season at Batley Bulldogs, who sent him out on dual-reg to Oxford and on loan to Gloucester All Golds.

Returned to his amateur club Siddal before joining Roughyeds for pre-season training and trials.


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Jack Holmes


Squad Number: 4


Oldham Crest




Position: Centre
DOB: January 15, 1994



Height: 6' 00"
Weight: 92kg


Profile

Another 'new' signing for 2018, but a player already well known to Roughyeds fans because he was a key member of the 2015 promotion squad before joining derby rivals Rochdale Hornets during the 2016 Championship campaign.

He won promotion with Rochdale too, but came 'home' after a season and a bit at the Crown Oil Arena.


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Paul Crook


Squad Number: 6


Oldham Crest




Position: Stand-off, Half-back
DOB: August 28, 1986



Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 95kg


Profile

A proven points-machine, 'Crooky' racked up 1,499 points in seven years at Rochdale to smash a club record that had remained intact since 1934.

Played a massive role in taking Whitehaven to the League 1 promotion final in 2017. Later became Oldham's second new capture for 2018.

Will be the old-head in a young Roughyeds back division.


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Dave Hewitt


Squad Number: 7


Oldham Crest




Position: Scrum-half, Half-back
DOB: November 4, 1995



Height: 5'07"
Weight: 76kg


Profile

Initially joined Oldham on loan from St Helens, then went full-time at Sheffield Eagles before returning to the Roughyeds on contract as 'our' player.

Will figure on the left field with his half-back partner Paul Crook on the right.

Has a good kicking game with an impressive left foot.


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Phil Joy


Squad Number: 8


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: September 4, 1991



Height: 6'03"
Weight: 111kg


Profile

Another player Scott Naylor inherited from Roughyeds reserves in 2013.

By the end of the 2017 season, he had amassed 116 senior appearances and it would have been a lot more if he hadn't dislocated his left shoulder in the third game of 2017. When it happened again he had surgery to rebuild the joint.

One of several players looking for much  better luck this year.


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Gareth Owen


Squad Number: 9


Oldham Crest




Position: Hooker
DOB: July 3, 1992



Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 92kg


Profile

Club captain in 2017 and accepted an invitation to keep the job in 2018.

Played more than 30 Super League games with Salford before joining home-town Oldham, initially on loan. Went to Sheffield on a similar basis, then came back to Roughyeds as a fully-fledged and key member of Naylor's squad.

His first year as captain was spoiled by a freak foot injury.


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Jack Spencer


Squad Number: 13


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: December 21, 1990



Height: 6' 01"
Weight: 94kg


Profile

Son of former assistant coach Lee 'Spanner' Spencer, Jack was quick to sign up for a third season at Oldham, highlighting "unfinished business" as one of his motivations to stay put. Relegation hurt him.

This former Barrow and Halifax man, who has also played in France, is determined to see Oldham pushing for a quick return to the Championship.


Player Sponsor: Graeme Lee









Ben Davies


Squad Number: 18


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: November 2, 1989



Height: 6' 01"
Weight: 100kg


Profile

Formerly with Wigan, Widnes, Halifax and Whitehaven, this hugely experienced front-row man from the Wigan area, joined Oldham from the Cumbrians ahead of the 2017 season.

A back complaint has caused him problems while at Oldham, but there was good news for him after a recent scan so he is hoping for better fortunes in 2018.


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Matty Wilkinson


Squad Number: 20


Oldham Crest




Position: Hooker
DOB: June 13, 1996



Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 82kg


Profile

Lively from dummy half, Matty passed through the Salford Red Devils youth system before going out on loan to North Wales Crusaders in 2016 and to Halifax on dual-reg in the early part of 2017.

  

Roughyeds nipped in to sign him permanently half way through that season and he has since re-signed for 2018.


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Lee Kershaw


Squad Number: 21


Oldham Crest




Position: Wing
DOB: May 2, 1999



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Profile


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Luke Nelmes


Squad Number: 23


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: April 7, 1993



Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 115kg


Profile

Heaviest forward on the books. and first new signing for 2018, having come to the end of a two-year stay at Halifax.

A big, strong prop of the old-school type, Luke learned the rudiments of the game at Newsome Panthers and Underbank before taking the pro ticket at The Shay.


Player Sponsor: John and Lynda McAndrew









Liam Bent


Squad Number: 24


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: October 11, 1997



Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 91kg


Profile

The 'baby' of the squad at the age of 20, hard-grafting Liam played 17 games for Roughyeds on loan from Salford in 2017. When he was ultimately released by the Red Devils, Scott Naylor moved quickly to sign him permanently.

He joined Salford from Wigan St Jude's at the age of 15 and had two years with their under-19s and another two as a full-time member of the first-team squad.


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Danny Bridge


Squad Number: 25


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: January 4, 1993



Height: 6' 03"
Weight: 101kg


Profile

Oldham-born Danny, one of four locals in the squad, is the younger brother of former Bradford and Warrington centre Chris Bridge.

After Royton Tigers as a boy, he had spells with Wigan and Warrington before going to Bradford on loan. Rochdale came next, then two seasons in the Queensland Cup (one tier down from the NRL) with Redcliffe Dolphins.

Looking forward to his first season in home-town colours.


Player Sponsor: Pam Taylor





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