Bridge boost for Oldham
Date published: 03 October 2019
Oldham have received a boost in the build-up to Sunday's big promotion decider against Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium with the inclusion of second-row forward Danny Bridge in an Ireland train-on squad.
Roughyeds captain Gareth Owen was quick to go public with his heartiest congratulations to his fellow Oldhamer, who is expected to show his class on the big stage in his home town this weekend.
"He has had a massive season for us and on behalf of the whole Oldham squad. I offer him our congratulations and best wishes for his continued involvement in the Irish set-up moving forward," said Owen.
Bridge, 26, forms an Oldham second-row with Danny Langtree which Roughyeds believe is the best in Betfred League 1 and which will have a significant influence on Sunday's promotion decider.
The younger brother of former Bradford and Warrington centre Chris Bridge, Danny will be keen to follow in the footsteps of his sibling who, with dual qualification, played three times for Ireland in 2006-07 and twice for England three years later.
Like Chris, Danny started at Royton Tigers and then had spells at Wigan, Warrington and Bradford (on loan) before signing for Rochdale Hornets.
From there he had two seasons in Australia with Queensland Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins before returning to England where he signed for his home-town club ahead of the 2018 season.
He is included in head coach Stuart Littler's 37-strong train-on squad for the European qualifying competition for the 2021 World Cup.
Ireland are in Pool A with Italy and Spain, the top two going through to the World Cup tournament draw on November 27.
They play Spain in Valencia on October 26 and Italy in Santra on November 9.
The train-on squad, which also includes Batley and former Oldham forward Michael Ward and Leigh's former Roughyed Greg McNally, will be captained by Toronto Wolfpack hooker Bob Beswick.
Tickets for the Oldham v Newcastle Thunder promotion decider on Sunday will be on sale in the Roughyeds office between 10am and 3pm on Thursday and between 10am and 6pm on Friday (cash or cheque only).