Matty Wilkinson rejects high end Championship offers to stay at Oldham

Matty Wilkinson has turned down offers from big Championship offers to sign a new deal with Oldham for 2020.

The 23-year-old has scored 21 tries in 54 appearances for the Roughyeds over the last two seasons.

A couple of clubs who finished in the top half of the Championship last season were interested in Wilkinson, but the hooker has remained loyal to Oldham.

He said: “To be honest I had a few options, some from clubs which are well placed and well established in the Championship.

“It caught me on the hop and took me by surprise because I didn’t think Championship clubs of that standing would have been keeping one eye on what was happening in League 1.

“It was flattering, but I wanted to stay at Oldham and we’re going to be in the Championship ourselves anyway.

“Some of the other Championship clubs who were interested were what I would call big clubs and I certainly didn’t expect that sort of interest.

“In any event I wanted to stay at Oldham and stick with the lads who got us up. We won promotion together and I want us to have a crack at the Championship together.”

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