Oldham front-rower Jason Boults has re-signed for his sixth season with the Roughyeds.
Having clocked up 129 games, the 28-year-old Yorkshireman has climbed to sixth in the list of most appearances for the ‘new’ Oldham club since it was formed 14 seasons ago.
Said Boults: “It’s been a long time, but so long as Roughyeds are happy to keep me, why would I want to go anywhere else?
“From a player’s perspective, it remains one of the best and strongest clubs to be with. Its had its problems but, unlike a lot of clubs, it has faced up to them and come through proudly on the other side.
“We are putting together a good squad for 2012 and, hopefully, we will have the players back who were out last year with long-term injuries.”
Coach Tony Benson is confident that Boults, who works full time in a Bradford warehouse, will again deliver the goods.
By averaging almost 26 games a season over the last five seasons, he has demonstrated that he has a good engine and durability — two crucial qualities in a prop-forward, according to Benson.
“He keeps himself in good shape and as a result of that he can stay on the field for long periods,” said the Roughyeds’ boss.
“He is our most experienced front-rower, and that experience shows through particularly when he is faced by a compact and compressed defence. He is smart in that he can still find a way to take us forward, and that’s important because if we don’t get forward momentum we don’t have a game.”