OLDHAM have signed second-row forward Liam Bent on a permanent deal from Super League side Salford Red Devils.
The 19 year old played 17 times on loan at the Roughyeds last season, and wasn’t offered a new deal at Salford, and so has decided to sign for the Kingstone Press League One club on a permenant contract.
Chairman Chris Hamilton said on Bent’s arrival: “Liam was unlucky not to get another contract at Salford, a reflection of the changing situation there. We can improve his game, but he’ll give 100 per cent at all times. He works hard and he’s appreciated by team mates for his work ethic and terrific attitude.”
Head coach Scott Naylor added: “When Salford released him we were anxious to sign him before anybody else did. He showed in his 17 games for us last season that he was more than capable at Championship level, and he was only 19.
“Extremely professional in everything he does, he’s unbelievable in training and he’s meticulous in things like looking after himself and getting the right diet. He’s one of the nicest lads you could ever wish to meet and when you put him on a rugby field you know he’ll give everything he’s got. He’s a perfect match for the sort of squad we’re building here.”
While Bent was gutted to not get a new contract at Salford, he is delighted to have signed for Oldham: “I definitely benefited from my time at Oldham last season and I loved every minute of it. I was really pleased when they came in for me to make me one of their own.
“They gave me opportunities last season and looked after me while I was there, so I was delighted to return the favour and show a bit of loyalty.
“I can’t wait to get going now, we return to training, but I’ve been doing a bit on my own for a few weeks, that’s me, I can’t do nothing, it’s not in my nature.”