Phil Joy extends stay at hometown club Oldham

Phil Joy has signed a new one-year contract with Oldham.

The 27-year-old will play his ninth season with the Roughyeds in 2019 after coming through the club’s reserve side in 2011.

Joy made his first-team debut against Gateshead Thunder in 2012 and he has since racked up 133 appearances, scoring 22 tries.

On his new deal, Joy commented: “As I see it, the departures merely give opportunities for others to step up, and I’m sure they will do.

“We’ve still got a few staying from last year, to form the core of the side, and there are new lads coming in so it’s all very interesting and very positive.

“On a personal note, I wasn’t going to go anywhere because I love playing for Oldham.

“One of the biggest factors was my desire to be in a side that finishes what we started last season and finally takes the club back up to the Championship.I’m no different to the other lads who have re-signed in that objective.”

Oldham coach Scott Naylor added: “Phil falls into the same category as Gaz Owen in that you just expect that he will be staying.

“We know he had offers from other clubs, which wasn’t surprising.

“He’s been a regular in the front-row wince I arrived at the club ahead of the 2013 campaign and he always plays with his heart on his sleeve.”