'We need to strengthen our side,' the Oldham chairman, Jim Quinn, said. 'If we can bring in a player of this calibre at the right price, we believe it will be self-financing through the turnstiles. It should encourage our spectators to see that, even without the resources some other clubs have, we can still pull off a deal like this.'
Wigan are not offering their long-serving full-back, Steve Hampson, a new contract and have put him on the transfer list at pounds 15,000. The decision to let Hampson go after nine years shows faith in the young reserve, Paul Atcheson. It could point to a move to full-back for Frano Botica, who has signed a new two-year contract. Botica played most of last season in his old rugby union position of stand- off, but Wigan have a pounds 150,000 offer on the table for Wakefield's Nigel Wright, the best young British prospect in that role.Reuse content