Oldham re-sign veteran forward as player-coach

Oldham have announced that veteran prop Jode Sheriffe has re-signed for the club on a one-year deal in a player-coach role.

The 34-year-old has spent over 10 years in the game, having had spells with Halifax, Featherstone, Bradford, Keighley and Dewsbury, and had joined the Roughyeds ahead of the 2020 season.

He played just a handful of games before the Championship was voided due to Covid-19, but will now return to the club and combine his playing duties with working alongside head coach Matt Diskin and assistant Brendan Sheridan.

“I’m relishing this new challenge,” Sheriffe said. “Oldham seems to be a closely-knit, family type of club and that was one of the main things that appealed to me when I talked to the chairman.”

Oldham boss Diskin added: “We needed a big, craggy prop in the middle, especially since Scott Law headed off to Australia. Like Scott, Jode has been around a long time and he knows the game inside out.

“We did well to get him because there aren’t many players about who fit into that mould. He’s passionate about the game and he will be good for us around the club and in the dressing room as well as on the pitch.”

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