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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Dave Eccleston


Squad Number: 2


Oldham Crest




Position: Wing
DOB: September 12, 1996



Height: 6' 00"
Weight: 87kg


Profile

Born in St Helens, Eccleston grew up at Blackbrook before signing scholarship forms at Saints, aged 15.

A regular in the Saints academy side that went unbeaten through 2016, he scored seven tries in 12 games for the Saints second team in 2017.

Another new signing.


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Matt Reid


Squad Number: 3


Oldham Crest




Position: Centre
DOB: September 16, 1992



Height: 6' 06"
Weight: 103kg


Profile

A secondary school PE teacher in hometown Warrington, Matt started at Latchford Albion, had a couple of years at Lymm RU, and then started his pro career at North Wales Crusaders before moving on to Coventry Bears where he was an ever-present captain in 2017.

Can also play in the  back-row.


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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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Steven Nield


Squad Number: 5


Oldham Crest




Position: Utility-back, Wing, Full-back
DOB: November 12, 1990



Height: 174cm
Weight: 94kg


Profile

An Oldham player for seven years, he started in the reserves in John Hough's trophy-winning young outfit.

Having graduated to the senior side, he was out for nearly two years following a knee reconstruction. On his return, he had a spell on loan at Gloucester.

Clubman of the year in 2015.


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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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Adam Neal


Squad Number: 10


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: May 21, 1990



Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 102kg


Profile

A senior leader of the pack, and this year performing a joint role as player and conditioner, Adam set the lead when he became the first player to re-sign for 2018 after the disappointment of relegation. Others soon followed.

Consistency is the hallmark of this ex-Salford and Sheffield full-timer who's in his second spell at Oldham.


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Craig Briscoe


Squad Number: 11


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: December 8, 1992



Height: 6'01"
Weight: 100kg


Profile

Signed from Barrow to bolster the pack ahead of the 2016 Championship season, he smashed a knee in pre-season on the ground of his former club.

Played seven games that year before the knee let him down again. Surgery followed.

After being out for the best part of two years, Craig is fully fit now and hoping to make up for lost time in 2018.


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Danny Langtree


Squad Number: 12


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: December 18, 1991



Height: 6'01"
Weight: 95kg


Profile

A stalwart of the pack for the past five years, St Helens boy 'Langers' had made 122 senior appearances at the end of the 2017 season.

Turned down offers from the Championship to remain loyal to the club where he started out in the reserves before becoming a fans' favourite.

Hard running, hard tackling and mentally tough.


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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.


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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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Adam Jones


Squad Number: 19


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: April 13, 1997



Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 94kg


Profile

This hard-tackling Wiganer rose through the ranks at Salford where he was coached by Peter Carey.

Made 19 senior appearances for Swinton Lions in 2017, most of them in the Championship, before joining Roughyeds ahead of the 2018 campaign.


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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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Kenny Hughes


Squad Number: 21


Oldham Crest




Position: Hooker
DOB: March 30, 1990



Height: 5' 09"
Weight: 78kg


Profile

Another Oldham stalwart who came up through the reserves after joining from St Helens academy seven years ago.

Close friend of former Saints team mate Danny Langtree. Played in 123 senior games for Roughyeds since making his debut in March, 2013 during Scott Naylor's early days at the club.


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Danny Rasool


Squad Number: 22


Oldham Crest




Position: Utility-back, Centre
DOB: October 25, 1995



Height: 6' 01"
Weight: 89kg


Profile

Danny played for Roughyeds reserves as a 17-year-old and has since played age-group and reserves' rugby at Salford and Warrington respectively.

Another to be coached by Pete Carey while at Salford. A Warrington boy, he started his rugby league journey at Crosfields and, while at Warrington, went out on loan to Workington Town for the last ten games of last season.


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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.


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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.


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Zack McComb


Squad Number: 29


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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Ben West


Squad Number: 30


Oldham Crest




Position: Wing
DOB: May 10, 1996



Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 88kg


Profile

Like Zack McComb, his 2017 centre partner at NCL premier division club Siddal, Ben signed a one-year Oldham deal ahead of the 2018 season. Prior to joining Roughyeds on trial when pre-season training started in November, 2017, he had spent all his rugby days at Siddal.

Impressed Scott Naylor and Peter Carey in trial games against Barrow and Keighley.


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Luke Hooley


Squad Number: 42


Oldham Crest




Position: Full-back
DOB: August 1, 1998



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Lee Kershaw


Squad Number: 45


Oldham Crest




Position: Wing
DOB: May 2, 1999



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