BRADLEY Jinks, our young hooker or half-back, has been released from his Roughyeds contract and has signed instead for Waterhead.
Said Roughyeds head coach Stu Littler:
“Brad asked to go, saying that playing semi-pro rugby had too many commitments for him.
“He goes back to Waterhead with our blessings and best wishes.”
Local lad Jinks, aged 20, whose Oldham appearances at the back end of last season were cut short by injury, later signed a new deal to the end of the 2022 season.
He fell out with the game during his four years at Castleford Tigers, but regained his enthusiasm for it after returning to Waterhead and ultimately found his way to Roughyeds.
He lives close to Bower Fold in Stalybridge and started off at Saddleworth Rangers before transferring to Waterhead when he was 14.
By the time he was 16, he had done enough to attract Castleford scouts and he went over there to play first at scholarship level and then with the academy side, from which he also played in the first team in pre-season friendlies against Featherstone Rovers and Widnes Vikings.
“Then I fell out with the game and quit Castleford and I was out for a full year; I just didn’t want to play rugby any more. But eventually I went back to Waterhead, regained my appetite for it and then I enjoyed my short time with Roughyeds at the end of last season.”
Currently gearing up for Sunday’s clash with second-in-the-table North Wales Crusaders at the Vestacare Stadium (buy tickets online here), Roughyeds boss Stu Littler will be without on-loan hooker Johnny Openshaw, who has a head injury.
However, he will have several returning players available to him plus the four beat-the-deadline on-loan captures from Wigan Warriors, namely Jack Bibby, Logan Astley, Toby Brannan and Alex Sutton.
Turnstiles open at 1pm for those who prefer to get in that way and admission prices are as follows:
Adults, £15 standing, £16 sitting; concessions, £13 standing, £14 sitting; students, £4 standing, £5 sitting; under-16s, standing FREE, sitting £2.