Staff focus - Pete Carey

PETE Carey’s father played for Swinton so our assistant coach has rugby league in his blood.

He started playing when he was 15 and spent 28 years at Folly Lane as player and coach before joining Salford where he coached at academy level for another 13 years.

He also coached Swinton under-21s before joining his former colleagues Scott Naylor and Lee ‘Spanner’ Spencer at Oldham, writes JENNY McGRANE, a member of our media team.

He knew Scott from previously working with him with Salford under-21s.

‘Spanner’ was and still is his best mate so it was good that the three of them worked together for a spell at Oldham before ‘Spanner’ decided to take a break from the game.

Pete likes every aspect of coaching but what he likes most about the job is watching and appreciating all the hard work the players put in and then seeing them get their rewards as the team develops and improves over the course of a season.

When I asked him to name the biggest character in the current Oldham squad he didn’t hesitate to come back with:

“Gaz Owen, definitely.

“He loves himself; hates to get beaten at anything he does; has a great attitude on and off the field; and has a big influence in the dressing room.

“Oh, and don’t forget to put this: I taught him all he knows!”.

He named George Tyson as the biggest character he had ever worked with. “Great lad,” he added. “Say no more.”

Who would he sign if money was no object and he could take his pick?

“A player who’s won the lottery and wants to invest in the team,” said Pete before naming Zack McComb as his choice of a companion on a desert island, adding: “I’d leave him there too . . . he’s a nuisance!”.

Bit of a joker is our Pete, but he was deadly serious when I asked him for his thoughts on the season up to now.

He said:

“We are a small, tightly-knit squad which is starting to gel as a team and play the way we want them to.

“We are playing some great rugby and our defence is improving all the time. If we continue to make progress we will definitely be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”

And where does he see us finishing in the Betfred League 1 table ? He finished with a one-word answer: “Top!”

AND THAT’S NO JOKE !


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