Jamie Ellis: Former Super League star amongst two signings for promotion-chasing Oldham

Ben Olawumi
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Veteran Jamie Ellis is one of two signings Oldham have made as they look to mount a promotion charge in League 1 with the end of the season looming large.

As confirmed by the club earlier today, the former Super League star has penned a deal which runs until the end of 2024.

Former Ireland head coach Stuart Littler is at the helm of the Roughyeds, who currently sit fourth with four games remaining until the play-off campaign begins.

Jamie Ellis on ‘No Brainer’ move

Half-back Ellis, who turns 34 later this year, said: “Once I found out Oldham were interested, and I heard the plans that the club have going forward, it was a no brainer.

“I’m impressed with the ambitions of the club and, since the new owners have come in, it’s a club that has been going in the right direction.

“I know Stu [Littler] from when I used to play at Leigh back in 2011, he’s one of my mates, and playing under him is something that I have always wanted to do at some stage of my career.

“I will bring a lot of experience to the side and hopefully I can also pass on what I’ve learnt in my career to the lads that are coming through. I’ve had a pretty rough year with injuries, but I still feel like I’ve got a few more years left in me yet.”

Angel Gabriel also signs up

Most recently playing at the top level with Leigh in 2021, Ellis now departs Championship outfit York Knights to link up with Littler at Oldham. He has also spent time on loan at Swinton Lions this year.

He’ll be joined for the rest of the season by another Championship acquisition in Andy Gabriel. The 29-year-old winger has put pen to paper on a loan deal from Dewsbury Rams, where he’s been since 2019 but struggled for game time this year.

Boss Littler was pleased to welcome Gabriel to his side’s promotion push, saying: “He is somebody I respect. He’s a prolific try scorer and he’s one we’re delighted to have on board.

“Hopefully we can create some space for him so that we can utilise his pace. [Andy] is coming to us for an opportunity and to put his best foot forward.”

Oldham take on Hunslet away from home this Sunday.

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