Oldham add former Huddersfield academy prop to squad

Kian Morgan

Oldham have announced the signing of prop Dom Newton for the 2022 League 1 campaign.

Newton, 28, spent three years in the academy at Huddersfield and later rejected other offers to turn pro.

However, the opportunity to play alongside his best mates Luke Nelmes, Owen Restall and Jordan Andrade at Oldham Rugby League Club was too good to turn down.

Dom Newton looking forward to League 1 test

“I can’t wait to start at Oldham,” he said. “It’s a step-up for me and it’s something I’ve wanted for a while. So, it’s good to get the opportunity. Nelmesey spoke highly of the club and of the chairman and convinced me it would be a good move.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Underbank, but if I’m going to progress my game – it’s the little things that make all the difference – now is the time to do it.

“Oldham are rebuilding and in many ways are having a fresh start and it will be good to be part of that, while at the same time testing myself at League One level.”

Head coach Stuart Littler on latest signing

“Like full-back Owen Restall, Dom Newton is coming from a good amateur background, having been first at Newsome and then at Underbank under Owen’s captaincy,” Littler said. 

“He’s had offers in the past (to turn pro), but he has a good career in design engineering and he didn’t feel the time was right. He does now.

“I’ve had a good chat with him, and about what it’s all about to play pro, and he’s more than happy to take up the challenge and back himself.

“He knows he’s got a lot ahead of him to make the transition and he’s happy to put his best foot forward so hopefully we can take him on a journey that will be both successful and enjoyable.”

Elsewhere in League 1

North Wales Crusaders have announced head coach Anthony Murray has signed a new deal with the club.

Rochdale Hornets have announced forward Jimmy Connaughton has signed a new deal for the 2022 season.

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