WINGER or full-back Tommy Brierley, who has become the fifth member of last season’s Oldham squad to sign a new one-year contract, says he won’t be happy until he sees Roughyeds back in the Betfred Championship.
“The things I want most from next season are to enjoy another relatively injury-free year and to help the side to get straight back to where it’s come from,”
said 25-year-old Tommy.
Like Luke Nelmes, his former colleague at Dewsbury, Tommy wants to put the record straight.
“As soon as the season was over, I wanted to sign again. After being involved in a relegation, I want more than anything to be involved in a promotion.”
He’s originally from Dewsbury, but he’s living in Pontefract now.
He was at Leeds Rhinos at academy level, playing most of his rugby at full-back.
Then it was York City Knights, Hunslet and Dewsbury before Matt Diskin, the then coach, brought him to Oldham in time for the start of last season.
Added Tommy, a regular on the wing:
“I’m not bothered where I play to be honest, but I think full-back is my natural position — it’s where I played most of my rugby at Leeds.
“I played full-back in the last two games of the season and really enjoyed it there but, as I have said, I’m not bothered where I play.
“I had a few injuries early in my career so in my first season at Oldham it was great to get through relatively unscathed and then to finish off against Newcastle and Dewsbury in the position I like best.”
Brierley, who missed less than a handful of games all season, scored five tries in a season when the top two were forwards; Tyler Dupree on ten and Martyn Reilly on six.
Full-back Dan Abram and second-row man Danny Langtree each got five, but whereas Brierley’s five were scored in the first half of the season, Abram’s came in the second .
Five players have so far been announced as having re-signed, namely Joe Hartley, Ben Holcroft, Brad Jinks, Luke Nelmes and Tommy Brierley.