Oldham add Leigh flyer Ince

Oldham have completed the signing of Leigh winger Ryan Ince on a one-year deal for 2021.

The 24-year-old burst onto the scene in 2016 for Widnes, going on to score 31 tries in 46 games for the Vikings.

He then joined the Centurions mid-way through 2019, before appearing for the Roughyeds on a loan spell at the start of this year.

He will now return to the club on permanent terms, taking Matt Diskin’s squad to 26 members.

“I really enjoyed my short spell with Oldham at the start of the year and that had a big bearing on my decision to sign,” said Ince. “Everyone at the club, including the other lads and the fans, made me feel very welcome and very much at home.

“When I was offered a contract for 2021 I had a good talk with Matt about how he saw the task ahead and his plans and ambitions for the club.

“I’m an engineer with a Bolton firm in my day job and that fits in well too because I live in Widnes but by the time I get to work I’ll be well on the way to Oldham. I’ll travel to training straight from work and it won’t seem far at all. I’m really looking forward to getting started. It’s been a long lay-off.”

Oldham head coach Diskin added: “Ryan has real quality and I’m genuinely excited by his capture. We were very impressed with his performances when he played on loan for us against Bradford Bulls and Dewsbury Rams in March.

“He has plenty of pedigree and plenty of experience and he’s a good person too, as we learned when he was with us last Spring. On top of all that, he can play centre as well, so he gives us options. Whichever way you look at this, Ryan is a big signing for us.”

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