Oldham release Fiji international as they confirm 2023 squad numbers
Oldham have released forward Joe Taira, who featured for Fiji in their World Cup warm up match against England in the autumn.
Taira, 33, was announced by the Roughyeds on Christmas Day but has left the club by mutual consent.
Coach Stuart Littler said: “He’s tried his best, but he’s got an injury which is also affecting his work away from rugby.
“The lads all have jobs outside of rugby and if something starts affecting your ability to work and provide for your family, then decisions have to be made.
“Joe has come to us with the decision and we understand it. He has our support, best wishes and our thanks for the time and effort he has put into the club.”
Joe Taira made more than 100 appearances for Rochdale and also had a stint with Batley, playing 20 games in the Championship.
The announcement comes as he was left out of the release of Oldham 2023 squad numbers.
Oldham are preparing for a second successive season in the same division for the first time since 2017.
They boast experience in their back line, with former Leigh duo Gregg McNally and Martyn Ridyard at one and six, while ex-Widnes and Bradford winger Patrick Ah Van wears number two.
Eight of the club’s new signings are included in Littler’s first 17 squad numbers, while Kian Morgan is rewarded for scooping the club’s Young Player of the Year award by being named at number four.
Connor Carr, who signed for Oldham on a season-long loan from Huddersfield earlier this week, wears three.
Oldham beat local rivals Rochdale 18-14 in the Law Cup at the end of January, and also provided Championship side Widnes with a test in pre-season, eventually going down 42-20 to the Vikings.
Oldham 2023 squad numbers:
1. Gregg McNally
2. Patrick Ah Van
3. Connor Carr
4. Kian Morgan
5. Joe Hartley
6. Martyn Ridyard
7. Lewis Sheridan
8. Luke Nelmes
9. Matty Wilkinson
10. Deane Meadows
11. Ethan Ferry
12. Zac Baker
13. Emmerson Whittel
14. Sean Slater
15. Dom Newton
16. James Thornton
17. Jack Blagbrough
18. Jordan Paga
19. Callum Cameron
20. Tommy Brierley
21. Sam Bardsley
22. Calvin Wellington
24. Ellis Keppel
25. George Hirst
26. Jenson Hamilton
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