Oldham have re-signed prop Joe Burke for 2017 on a new contract.
Oldham coach Scott Naylor said: “He’s got a big engine, which means he has good minutes in him and that’s a strong asset for any front-rower to possess.
“He went better and better as the season progressed.
“He’s a good pro with everything he needs to be a top-class prop and it’s good that he will be with us again next year.”
“We should know by weekend,” Burke said.
“I was a late arrival [at Oldham], but the boys made me feel welcome and helped me to settle in.
“We set goals that were realistic and achievable and we got to where we wanted to be.
“It’s no secret that Oldham’s budget is a lot less than many of the other clubs in the division so to stay up there, with Swinton, was all the more creditable.
“It was a learning curve for everybody, I think, but there’s no reason why we can’t aim higher next year.”