Oldham on squad-strengthening mission

SCOTT Naylor has confirmed that Oldham are in the market for new players because Roughyeds are not getting dual-registration assistance from Salford Red Devils.

“We’re hoping to move very quickly,” said head coach Naylor, currently battling against a long injury list.

Following narrow defeats by Hunslet away (16-12) and Workington at home (16-14), Naylor is keen to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s game against bottom-club West Wales Raiders, also at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Latest addition to the casualty list is full-back Kyran Johnson, who twisted an ankle against Workington and is said to be doubtful for weekend.

Adam Neal, who has been out since he was badly concussed against Keighley in April, has been told in his latest visit to the specialist that he must continue to follow head-injury protocol for at least two more weeks.

Danny Bridge and Matty Wilkinson, who both collected head injuries against Workington, will be re-examined at the weekend.

Phil Joy is doubtful with a rib injury, while Danny Langtree (hamstring) and Kenny Hughes (ankle) are continuing with rehab and will be assessed again next week.

Said Naylor:

“Everything has come all at once.

“We’ve had to go into the market to try to boost the squad with two or three players because of the lack of dual-reg personnel from Salford over much of the season and the affect that will have on us further down the line.

“We won’t have any dual-reg available to us for the last eight or nine games of the season because nobody will have played enough games for us earlier in order to qualify for the back end.

“We need to move quickly to bring players in, but there’s nothing specific to report yet.”



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