Oldham captain commits for 2021

Oldham captain Gareth Owen has signed a new one-year contract at the club.

The 28-year-old has been with the Roughyeds since 2014 after signing from Salford.

He has since made over 130 appearances, scoring 16 tries, and become a leader both on and off the field.

“I’m buzzing” Owen said. “So long as the decision was mine, I wasn’t going anywhere. I only want to play for Oldham.

“It’s been a terrible year (with) no rugby and, like the other lads, I can’t wait to get going again. I’ve been working through the pandemic but with no training and no games, I’ve had lots of time on my hands and I’ve been playing loads of golf and doing a bit of cycling to try to keep in reasonable condition.

“We look to be getting a good squad together and we seem to be investing in a big, mobile pack which will help Wilky (Matthew Wilkinson) and me and hopefully set the platform for the backs to do the rest.”

Head Coach Matt Diskin added: “He’s captain of the club and very important to the squad and to the team.

“He’s genuinely passionate about the club, the team and the town and when a local lad cares like that and also has the experience and the ability that Gaz has, then he is naturally a very important member of the team and the club. We are delighted to have him on board again.”

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