WINGER Lee Kershaw, the Wakefield Trinity youngster who has joined Oldham on a season-long loan, is in line to play in Sunday’s Law Cup clash against derby rivals Rochdale Hornets at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).
He didn’t play in the Roughyeds’ 24-10 win at Barrow, but the agreement between the clubs dictates that the loan starts on Sunday.
As a full-time pro at Wakefield, he’s included in a 25-strong Trinity squad to play a pre-season game at Newcastle Thunder tomorrow (Saturday), but he’s one of nine youngsters looking for game time and Trinity are aware that Roughyeds want him for Sunday.
Coach Scott Naylor has confirmed that the side to do battle with the old enemy from just over Summit Hill will be named from the 17 who were on duty at Barrow plus new boy Emerson Whittel and Kershaw.
It means there could be no fewer than seven new signings playing at the Vestacare in Oldham colours for the first time.
Richie Hawkyard, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Anthony Bowman, Scott Law, Ben Calland and Jamie Greenwood made their debuts in a very impressive run-out at Barrow and its likely that in this one Whittel will also get a run as well.
All 17 did well up in Cumbria, but there were stand-out performances by two-try centre Zack McComb, full-back Hawkyard and non-stop prop Law.
All the new boys will be particularly keen to impress in their first game in front of Oldham supporters and especially in a game where there is silverware at stake.
Roughyeds hold the Law Cup and they will be out to make sure it stays in Oldham.
After the game the Oldham RL Heritage Trust will present their trophy to the Roughyeds player they considered to be top performer on the day.
Giving an update on the club’s injury situation after last night training session, Scott said Paul Crook still needed more time out because of his foot problem.
Ben Davies was now back in full training but because he had missed a lot of the pre-season stuff he needed to do what Scott called ‘a mini pre-season in a short space of time.‘
There was better news of Danny Grimshaw, who was close to playing this week and will definitely be available for the third warm-up game at Swinton Lions on Sunday week.