Oldham bring in Championship half-back on loan

Drew Darbyshire

Oldham have signed half-back Adam Brook on a season-long loan from Halifax.

The 24-year-old has previously spent time in the Bradford Bulls academy and has also played for Keighley Cougars.

A trainee quantity surveyor in his day job, Brook will link up with his new Oldham team-mates at training on Tuesday evening.

On signing Brook, Roughyeds’ coach Scott Naylor said: “We’ve been looking at bringing in another half-back for a while.

“Adam has a very good kicking game, he’s of the right age, and he hasn’t been getting much game time at Halifax.

“We’ve got Chewy [Dave Hewitt] and Paul Crook, who is now on the coaching staff but also injured and unavailable to play.

“Anthony Bowman has been partnering Chewy and doing a fantastic job, but we didn’t bring him in as a half-back. He can play in three or four different positions which makes him very valuable indeed.

“Adam’s arrival doesn’t only strengthen the squad numerically, but it gives me options in a key position where we have not had options previously and where we had to ask Gareth Owen, a hooker, to step into the breach more than once or twice.

“Now, hookers can concentrate on being hookers and halves can concentrate being halves.”