OUR next player focus is on one of our newest loan signings, young prop Jimmy Beckett.
Jimmy’s entry into rugby league was via PE lessons at High School. His local amateur club was Feathertone Lions and it was from there that he moved up in the world by joining the academy at Castleford Tigers.
Before that he had played for Lions against Roughyeds as a 17-year-old in the Challenge Cup. He also represented England Lions at junior level and when he got the opportunity to join Castleford Tigers his embryo career was well and truly under way, writes JENNY McGRANE.
Ultimately joining his home-town club Featherstone Rovers, where he had been a ball boy, was a dream move for him.
They think highly of him at the ground most of us still know as Post Office Road and he has come to Oldham in pursuit of senior rugby against men to give him experience and to prepare him for first-team rugby at Rovers.
He was happy to come here, saying:
“Oldham are a good team. I can only benefit from playing in a side that is going flat out for promotion and where there is a lot of competition for places.”
Away from the rugby field, Jimmy likes going to the gym and socialising. His hero is his Dad.
His rugby hero is prop or second-row for the South Sydney Rabbitohs Sam Burgess
Jimmy describes himself as relaxed, self driven, committed, hard working, dedicated and tough.
The best player he has played against is Wigan Warriors second-row forward Morgan Smithies.
His choice of team mate on a desert island would be Zack McComb as ‘there is a never a dull moment when Zack is around’.
Thoughts on the season so far?
‘Good season, slow to start but teams can’t handle us once we get going. And where will we finish? “Second, with promotion through the play offs.”