OLDHAM have signed centre Cameron Leeming (23), who has played at Hunslet, Keighley and Dewsbury since coming back to the UK from a spell in Australia.
He has signed initially to November 30 this year with a view to doing a new deal for 2020, hopefully in the Betfred Championship.
A personal trainer and based in Leeds, Leeming will train with Roughyeds for the first time tomorrow, meet up with former team mates Ritchie Hawkyard, Scott Law, Emmerson Whittel and on-loan Harry Aaronson and be “in the mix” for Sunday’s game at Workington.
Said Roughyeds head coach Scott Naylor:
“There aren’t a lot of centres around but we looked at Cameron last year and we tried to sign him again earlier this season.
“We had three or four lads who could play centre but we’re down to the bare bones now so we needed to strengthen that position for the second half of the season.
“We’re grateful to Dewsbury for letting us do the deal.
“Cameron will be with us tomorrow night and he’ll be in the mix for Sunday.”
Leeming played for Leeds amateurs Stanningley as a boy and then had four years in the Leeds Rhinos youth set-up before moving on to Wakefield Academy.
A year followed in Australia, playing for a Sydney Roosters feeder club, and he has since played for Hunslet and Keighley in tier three and Dewsbury in the Championship.
Earlier this season he suffered concussion and a broken jaw while playing for the Rams against Thatto Heath in the Coral Challenge Cup, but he says he is now fully fit and ready to go.
“I’m a personal trainer so fitness is part of my life,”
“I played a handful of games at Dewsbury but I was a bit in and out — the injury didn’t help — and I was looking for a fresh start with a club like Oldham who are going to be fighting for promotion.
“Hopefully we’ll get promotion and I’ll have done enough to re-sign for next year. At the very least I hope to do enough to be playing every week.
“I know a few of the lads from Keighley and I know Zack McComb a little bit so there will be a few familiar faces there and that always helps.”