Four new boys in 19-man squad

AS Scott Naylor promised, he has made several changes in his 19-man squad for tomorrow’s visit of Keighley Cougars to the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

The three new loan signings, Kieran Gill, Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw, are all included plus dual-reg prop Daniel Murray of Salford Red Devils, who has previously had spells on DR or loan with Rochdale, Bradford and, most recently, Halifax.

Potentially, all four could be playing at the Vestacare Stadium for the first time, although Gill (Castleford Tigers) and Hooley (Wakefield Trinity) have played for Roughyeds on loan in the past at other venues.

Hooley (19), a goalkicking full-back, played six Championship Shield games for Roughyeds at the end of last season, scoring a match-winning try at Rochdale and kicking 18 goals in total.

Gill (22), principally a centre, has scored 13 tries in 21 games for Oldham across the last two seasons, including a sensational match-winner against Bradford Bulls at Bower Fold.

Kershaw is an 18-year-old winger, also from Wakefield Trinity, while Wigan-born Murray is a product of the Salford youth system, having made seven senior appearances for the Red Devils.

Also in contention, after sitting out the Hunslet game, are Zack McComb, Liam Bent and Kenny Hughes.

OLDHAM (from): Bent, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook, Eccleston, Gill, Hewitt, Hooley, Hughes, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, Murray, McComb, Neal, Nelmes, Owen, Reid, Spencer.

Keighley’s new signing Darrell Griffin (36), a veteran prop with more than 300 Super League games behind him, is among the Cougars’ 19 after signing for the club on Thursday morning from Morley RU Club.

Brad Nicholson and Hamish Barnes return after injury, replacing Brendon Rawlins and Harry Aaronson.

KEIGHLEY (from): Hawkyard, Gabriel, Barnes, Ryder, Dixon, Beharrell, Law, Conroy, Lynam, Emmett, Wright, Tonks, Bailey, Fairhurst, Hardcastle, Nicholson, Whiteley, Griffin, Morris.

Cup-tie tickets

Tickets for the Hull KR Challenge Cup tie at Bower Fold, Stalybridge next Sunday, April 22, will be on sale between 2pm and 3pm tomorrow in the club shop that has been set up inside the ground at the Vestacare Stadium.

The fifth-round tie, a Groundhog Day repeat of the one we sensationally won at Hull KR two years ago, is NOT all ticket but the more tickets we sell in advance of the big game the less turnstile congestion there will be on the day.

Standing: adults £14, concessions £12, under-16s £2.
Sitting: adults £16, concessions £14, under-16s £5.

Junior season-ticket holders get in FREE but they need to swop ticket voucher ‘A’ from their season-ticket books for a match ticket.

Our office at the Vestacare Stadium will be open from 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday next week for the sale of tickets etc. Inquiries to 07904 898177.

Don’t forget, too, that next Thursday night (April 19), between 6pm and 7.30pm at the Vestacare Stadium, you can watch the players train and have photographs taken with the iconic Challenge Cup.



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