2019 Squad Members







Kyran Johnson


Squad Number: 1


Oldham Crest




Position: Full-back
DOB: March 23, 1994



Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 75kg


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Quick over distance, elusive at close quarters, Johnson is at the peak of his career at the age of 24. Unlike practically every other member of the squad he's recently signed a new two-year deal as opposed to a one-year agreement,

As a full-back, he has the speed and grace to swallow up the metres on kick returns as he demonstrated so admirably in the narrow defeat at Swinton.


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Aaron Jones-Bishop


Squad Number: 2


Oldham Crest




Position: Wing
DOB: January 18, 1990



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A Jamaican international winger, this 29-year-old is the younger brother of Wakefield Trinity's exciting centre Ben Jones-Bishop.

They both played twice for Jamaica last year in  wins against Canada and the USA to gain automatic qualification to the 2021 World Cup. Aaron signed for Oldham from Doncaster and then celebrated by becoming a winner with his Caribbean country.


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Zack McComb


Squad Number: 3


Oldham Crest




Position: Centre
DOB: September 9, 1995



Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 92kg


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After signing from amateurs Siddal (Halifax) more than a year ago, centre McComb enjoyed a good first season at the club.

He has continued the good work with four tries in three pre-season games against Championship opposition to underscore the belief that he will this year become a leading player at the club.


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Jack Holmes


Squad Number: 4


Oldham Crest




Position: Centre
DOB: January 15, 1994



Height: 6' 00"
Weight: 92kg


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his 25-year-old centre was a key man in the 2015 promotion season, but moved to Rochdale midway through 2016.

Won promotion with Hornets too, but was soon back at Oldham  looking for more work and hopeful of making a centre spot his own in 2019.


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Richie Hawkyard


Squad Number: 5


Oldham Crest




Position: Full-back
DOB: January 21, 1986



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A nephew of former Watersheddings fans' favourite Colin Hawkyard, this 33-year-old full-back has already won the hearts and minds of Roughyeds fans with all-action displays in the so-called friendlies.

Signed this year from Keighley, having made his name at Swinton where he spent nine seasons, scoring 44 tries in 159 games.

Won the man-of-the-match award in the Law Cup, presented by the Oldham RL Heritage Trust.


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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


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One of the squad's elder statesmen, 'Crookie' joined Oldham at the start of last season from Rochdale, where he had been a club stalwart for six years.

A goalkicking half-back and prolific gatherer of points, he has now taken up a player-coach role, having joined Scott and Peter Carey on the coaching panel. Currently out with a broken toe.


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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


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A typically cheeky little half-back, this product of the St Helens youth system is quick off a standing start and has a dangerous left foot.

In the absence of the injured Crook, he is currently the side's goalkicking marksman with the ability to do the unexpected.


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Phil Joy


Squad Number: 8


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: September 4, 1991



Height: 6'03"
Weight: 111kg


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A player who epitomises what Roughyeds are all about. The big prop is in his seventh season with his hometown club and never gives anything less than 100 per cent.

Played at Waterhead as a boy, but then had a couple of seasons in the Oldham reserve side before breaking into the senior side in 2013 and never looking back apart from sustaining a serious shoulder injury a couple of seasons ago.


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Gareth Owen


Squad Number: 9


Oldham Crest




Position: Hooker
DOB: July 3, 1992



Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 92kg


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Club captain and hooker, Gareth is Oldham born and bred and still lives in the town, at Moorside. 

Brought up at Waterhead ARLFC, he moved to Salford Red Devils as a boy and played 30-odd Super League games there before joining the club his family had supported all their
lives.

"As a kid it was something I used to dream about," he once said.


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Scott Law


Squad Number: 10


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: February 19, 1985



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Player of the year at Keighley in 2018, the 'Law Man' cuts a formidable figure with his red hair and ginger beard.

He's a tough, craggy, experienced prop who's getting used to life at Oldham after nearly a decade at Cougar Park. Expected to be a front-row powerhouse in a new-look Oldham side.


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Ben Calland


Squad Number: 11


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: September 24, 1996



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Having played abroad and up at Newcastle Thunder, the Wiganer had the distinction of scoring Oldham's first try of the 2019 season when he crossed in the corner in a 24-10 win in a warm-up game at Barrow.

Another new signing, back-row man Ben is the younger brother of former Bradford Bulls and Rochdale Hornets centre Matt Calland, who also played at community club Oldham St Anne's at the back end of his career.


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Emmerson Whittel


Squad Number: 12


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: September 13, 1994



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Yet another player signed this year from Keighley, he is a second-row forward of some repute at this level.

He runs strongly, tackles hard and has a good pair of hands as he demonstrated when putting in Jack Holmes with a peach of a pass in the Law Cup win over Rochdale.


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Jack Spencer


Squad Number: 13


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: December 21, 1990



Height: 6' 01"
Weight: 94kg


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Son of the club's former assistant coach, Lee 'Spanner' Spencer, Jack is the pack's Mr Versatile. He can play prop, second-row or loose, and often does.

Another experienced campaigner, having seen service at Salford, Barrow, Halifax, in France and in Australia.


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Adam Brook


Squad Number: 15


Oldham Crest




Position: Half-back
DOB: September 29, 1994



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Another ex-Keighley half-back, the goalkicking Brook has joined Oldham on season-long loan from Halifax to provide Scott Naylor with more options in the pivotal region of his side.

Made his debut in the second half at Swinton Lions recently and did remarkably well considering he had only joined the club that week.


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Danny Langtree


Squad Number: 16


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: December 18, 1991



Height: 6'01"
Weight: 95kg


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Ben Davies


Squad Number: 18


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: November 2, 1989



Height: 6' 01"
Weight: 100kg


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Another experienced campaigner, this much-travelled front-row man has been at several clubs, some of them in Super League.  

He came to Oldham from Whitehaven a couple of seasons ago and is currently playing 'catch-up' in training after missing much of the close-season prep work with a calf injury.


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Jamie Greenwood


Squad Number: 19


Oldham Crest




Position: Hooker
DOB: November 16, 2018



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Looks likely to have a great first season at The Vestacare Stadium going off his pre-season performances. 

Only 20, this former Huddersfield Giants scholar is a lively hooker, who scored the match-clinching try in the Law Cup win over derby rivals Rochdale Hornets.


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Matty Wilkinson


Squad Number: 20


Oldham Crest




Position: Hooker
DOB: June 13, 1996



Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 82kg


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With three hookers on the books there's going to be a real battle for game time and 'Wilky' will be right up there challenging.

He first joined Oldham on loan from Halifax, but he was quickly made a permanent member of the squad, having shown that he is a fast and skilful operator from dummy half.


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Lee Kershaw


Squad Number: 21


Oldham Crest




Position: Wing
DOB: May 2, 1999



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Still only 20, Lee is a strong-running winger from Wakefield Trinity, who is on loan for the year.

He knows where the line is and he knows how to defend, as fans saw last year when he first burst on to the Vestacare Stadium scene. Big things are expected of Lee in 2019.


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Danny Grimshaw


Squad Number: 22


Oldham Crest




Position: Half-back, Centre
DOB: February 25, 1986



Height: 6'01"
Weight: 90kg


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Another player who has been round the block in a long career.

Left Roughyeds at the end of the 2017 Championship season to go to Hunslet, but after one season away he is back to give Scott and Peter options in their selection of the back division.


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Luke Nelmes


Squad Number: 23


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: April 7, 1993



Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 115kg


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Another hard man of the front-row. A native of Huddersfield, he played amateur rugby in the town before signing for Halifax and ultimately moving to Oldham before the start of last season.

His all-action, aggressive style quickly made him a fans' favourite at the Vestacare.


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Liam Bent


Squad Number: 24


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: October 11, 1997



Height: 6' 02"
Weight: 91kg


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A young second-row or loose-forward who has an astonishing engine which enables him to regularly top the tackle count, and to some tune !

Fans voted him their player of the year in 2018 -- a fitting accolade for this Wigan-born former Salford Red Devils workaholic.


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Danny Bridge


Squad Number: 25


Oldham Crest




Position: Second-row
DOB: January 4, 1993



Height: 6' 03"
Weight: 101kg


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Local lad who shot to prominence with Rochdale Hornets before heading off to Australia to play in the Queensland Cup, only one tier down from the NRL, for a Brisbane Broncos feeder club.

A strong and classy wide-running second-rower, he returned home to sign for Oldham in 2018, but he is currently out through suspension following an incident at Keighley last season.


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Anthony Bowman


Squad Number: 26


Oldham Crest




Position: Loose-forward
DOB: January 1, 1970



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One of Scott Naylor's nine new signings, the bearded Bowman has previously been on the books of Wigan, Halifax and Keighley.

A talented handler, he can play in several positions, including half-back and back-row forward.


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Harry Maders


Squad Number: 27


Oldham Crest




Position: Wing
DOB: January 29, 2019



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Local-lad Harry follows in the footsteps of his dad Martin and his grandad Dennis by signing for his hometown club. 

A utility back, he played three trials as a winger before accepting Oldham terms and signing on the dotted line to fulfil a boyhood ambition. Aged 19, he is the youngest member of the squad.


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Titus Gwaze


Squad Number: 29


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: June 8, 1999



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Frazer Morris


Squad Number: 30


Oldham Crest




Position: Prop-forward
DOB: February 22, 1997



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