Oldham hopeful for Forber stay

Oldham hope they won’t have to wave farewell to on-loan half-back Carl Forber when his initial one-month agreement comes to an end soon.
 
Sunday’s game against South Wales Scorpions at Caerphilly RU Club will be Forber’s last in a Roughyeds jersey under the terms of the current loan agreement with Co-operative Championship One pacesetters Swinton Lions.
 
As he had played for Swinton in round three he was cup-tied and ineligible to represent Roughyeds in last Saturday’s fourth-round Carnegie Challenge Cup defeat at Hull.
 
The game in the Welsh Valleys this weekend, therefore, will be the 26-year-old goalkicking half-back’s fourth Oldham appearance.
 
In his previous three, he has scored two tries and kicked 16 goals from 19 shots, playing in the 38-6 home win against Rochdale, the 40-24 loss at Whitehaven and the 46-24 win against Doncaster at Whitebank.
 
Chairman Chris Hamilton and coach Tony Benson have talked to Forber about his immediate future and have established that the player would be happy to stay.
 
“We’ve talked with Carl about what we would like to happen,” said the chairman, “but we haven’t had discussions with Swinton yet. At the very least we would like to extend the loan.”
 
By an odd twist of fate Oldham’s next match after South Wales is against Swinton at The Willows on Friday night, May 27 and whatever happens regarding Forber’s future in the meantime it is unlikely the Lions would agree to anything that would enable him to play against them at the end of this month.

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