Huddersfield Giants prop Fenton Rogers, son of former Oldham, Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions prop Wes Rogers, has signed for Oldham on-loan.
The forward – who turned 18 on Wednesday when he also played for Lancashire in an Academy Roses match against Yorkshire – has joined the Roughyeds in a bid to gain experience at playing against men.
Rogers was picked up by Huddersfield as a 14-year-old playing at Saddleworth Rangers, with Brendan Sheridan – Oldham’s assistant coach – eyeing up the prop as he played in the Roses game this week.
“I was really impressed with Fenton. He’s a big lad for his age, he can offload the ball with a good pair of hands and he’s got some aggression,” Sheridan said.
“I liked what I saw. And if Watto (Ian Watson) speaks highly of him too, that’s good enough for me.”
Rogers says he can’t wait to get stuck in at Oldham, even if it is just on-loan for the time being.
“Playing against older guys will give me a real buzz and will also provide me with experience,” Rogers said.
“I suppose from the Giants point of view that’s what these loan deals are all about; giving us a chance to see what its like playing elsewhere against older opponents.”