Our second player focus this week is on our on-loan winger from Wakefield Trinity, Lee Kershaw.
Lee first started playing rugby union and he remained in the 15-a-side code from the age of eight until he was 15 when he changed codes and joined Keighley Albion.
He played centre for a year with the Albion and then moved on to Wakefield amateur side Eastmoor for a year, playing full-back.
He was being courted by Trinity throughout these two seasons and the following year he he left amateur rugby to sign a full-time deal with Wakefield and to play in the Super League club’s under-19s side.
Oddly, he says he only started league with Keighley Albion in order to keep fit during rugby union’s off season, having played union for Baildon, Bingley, Skipton and West Yorkshire.
Fast forward to his Trinity days and he was completely surprised when Trinity told him he would benefit from a spell on loan with Oldham in Betfred League One.
He is thankful for the opportunity, however, and has told JENNY McGRANE that he can hopefully repay Roughyeds for giving him experience in the upper reaches of Betfred League 1.
“The Oldham fans seem very passionate about their club and I want to do the best I can so that we can get promoted this year.”
Outside of rugby, he said he enjoyed playing on his Ps4, but he didn’t have time for hobbies, given that he was full-time at Wakefield, part-time at Oldham and also had university work to do.
Lee never watched rugby when he was young so he doesn’t have a hero, but he has met some great players, including Scott Grix, a skilful player with a great work ethic and attitude, whom he holds in the highest regard.
He named St Helens star James Roby as the best opponent he has played against.
He liked to think he was committed and honest while there were some people at Wakefield who sometimes called him “mad Lee”.
“They must think I’m a bit nuts, so I’ll go with that,” said Lee, who added that if he was to be marooned on a desert island he would take Zack McComb with him as ‘I could use a laugh on a desert island’
He got a Mr Strong book when he left school but his girlfriend says it should be Mr Wrong.
Because of his Wakefield commitments he hasn’t played a lot of games at Oldham this season, but enough to know that Roughyeds can be very dangerous when they play at their best.
“We’ve five games left now in the regular season and each one needs to be regarded as must-win.
“We’re in the business end of the season now and we shouldn’t have to rely on other results going our way.”
Oldham have two home league games still to go and there’s no doubt that the Vestacare Stadium crackers against second-placed Newcastle Thunder on August 11 and against fifth-placed Doncaster a week later will be crucial, not-to-be-missed occasions for all Roughyeds supporters.