Local lad Fletcher re­turns home and signs for Old­ham!

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - RUGBY LEAGUE By TOM BRAMWELL @MENS­ports

OLD­HAM have added an­other local star to their squad for 2020 – die-hard Roughyeds fan Matthew Fletcher.

The 19-year-old for­ward was a Water­head ama­teur and had a spell at the Brad­ford Bulls Academy be­fore spend­ing a year in Aus­tralia, where he has been play­ing for Val­leys Diehards and Norths Devils in Bris­bane.

“I loved it there, ab­so­lutely loved it,” said Fletcher.

“But I had to come home when my visa ex­pired and I told my agent in Aus­tralia that Old­ham would be the club for me if I had a choice.

“I’ve sup­ported Roughyeds since I was a boy.

“I know Gareth Owen and Danny Bridge, I know Matt Diskin from our Brad­ford days and I’m back liv­ing in Old­ham, so it made sense to sign for my home­town club if I got the op­por­tu­nity.”

Fletcher trained with the club for the first time on Tues­day evening and is hop­ing to make his de­but in Satur­day’s friendly against Su­per League Cham­pi­ons St He­lens at the Ves­tacare Sta­dium – though it is un­sure as yet whether in­ter­na­tional clear­ance will be granted in time for the fix­ture.

“Matthew is a real tal­ent,” said

Roughyeds coach Matt Diskin.

“As a boy he played as a half­back, but in more re­cent years, as he’s got big­ger, he plays as a for­ward through the mid­dle chan­nels, but he’s still got his ball-han­dling skills and he has a good off-load. He’s a lad with a great

Matthew Fletcher at­ti­tude, he works very hard and he’s keen to do the best he can and progress up the lad­der.”

Old­ham are hope­ful Jack Spencer and John Hutch­ings will be fit to fea­ture against Saints, af­ter both picked up in­juries in the Law Cup de­feat to Rochdale.

They will each be as­sessed at train­ing this evening and given ev­ery chance to prove their fit­ness.

Roughyeds boss Matthew Diskin dur­ing his play­ing days with Brad­ford

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.