Oldham’s Wilkinson staying put

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 19 August 2020

Livewire hooker Matty Wilkinson has signed a new one-year contract at Oldham Rugby League Club.

Wilkinson (24), reared at Salford Red Devils, has already scored 21 tries in 60 games for the newly-promoted Betfred Championship side, going back more than three years.

"He has loads of potential," said new Oldham boss Matt Diskin, himself a class-act as a hooker with Leeds Rhinos in his playing days.

"We'll be bulking-up our front row next season and Wilky will find that beneficial when he's jumping out of dummy-half."

Wilkinson, who has also played for Halifax and North Wales Crusaders, said: "We're getting a good squad together and I think we'll have a really good dig in the Championship next year.

"It's a big step-up from League 1, but I like the look of the way our squad is coming together."

Signings to date include two new props in highly-rated youngster Tyler Dupree (20) from Leeds Rhinos and big Luke Nelmes (27), who returns to Oldham, where he became a fans' favourite in 2018, from Dewsbury Rams.


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