ZACK McComb is quickly becoming a fans’ favourite at the Vestacare Stadium.
After enjoying successful trials in pre-season friendlies, Zack signed for Oldham at the start of the 2018 season, writes JENNY McGRANE.
His love of rugby league began when, as a small boy, he watched his dad play — and he has been playing the game himself since he was seven years old.
In his teens, Zack spent five years with Huddersfield Giants before signing for a season with Batley, who then had a dual-registration partnership with Oxford,
He had spells at Oxford on dual-reg and at Gloucester on loan before returning to his amateur club Siddal in his home town of Halifax.
He and two of his Siddal mates then joined Oldham for pre-season training ahead of the 2018 season and it was on the back of his impressive pre-season and then his performances while on trial in the pre-season games that Roughyeds gave him a second chance at part-time pro level.
Having grasped it with both hands and now in his second season here and doing very nicely thank-you, Zack describes Oldham as a good club with quality lads.
At the time of writing he’s the team’s top try scorer this season with 13 — five more than his nearest challenger, full-back Ritchie Hawkyard.
With a wry smile, Zack describes himself thus: “The best-looking guy in the squad and the funniest by a mile — an all-round top bloke.
His rugby hero is former Wigan and Great Britain captain Andy Farrell, while the best player he has ever played against is former Bradford and Wigan centre or second-row John Bateman with ‘Titch’ (Ritchie Hawkyard) a close second.
Away from rugby his hero is the hugely influential Queen singer, Freddie Mercury.
Zack’s only hobby, if you can call it that, is to be ‘a self-proclaimed model’.
With him on a desert island he’d want ‘Titch’ for his DJ skills; Jamie Greenwood because ‘he’s just an idiot‘; and maybe ‘Nealy’ (club conditioner Adam Neal) because he’s ‘interesting sometimes‘.
He wouldn’t take Phil Joy. Why ? “Because he can’t swim or climb trees.”
Asked for his thoughts on the season so far and his predictions for the second half of the 2019 campaign, he said (speaking more seriously than previously): “We’ve had ups and downs, but we all know we’ll be the best team in the league once we put everything together.
“Hopefully we can kick on after the setback at Doncaster and finish top of the pile. That’s our goal and we’re going for it.”