Ellison fears final hooter
David Ellison, Oldham RL prop, is dreading Sunday coming . . . not because he fears for the Roughyeds' chances in their Grand Final against York but because the final hooter will bring his first season at Oldham to a close.
"I don't want it to end. It's been fantastic," said the 28-year-old former Swinton and London Skolars front-rower after signing a new one-year deal for 2011.
Most members of the senior squad will soon be out of contract, but work on rebuilding has started with props Jason Boults and Ellison taking an early lead in penning new agreements.
Like Boults, Ellison was keen to extend his tenure regardless of which division Tony Benson's men will be gracing next year.
He added: "My first season here has exceeded expectations. I've loved every minute. I'm dreading it ending. We've got a fabulous team spirit and a good coaching team.
"I'm expecting us to win promotion, but if we lose I still want to be part of the same group of players next year, playing in front of the same superb supporters."
Leigh-born, Ellison arrived at Oldham last autumn via spells with Wigan Warriors academy, Swinton and Skolars, whom he joined when his full-time managerial employment in leisure and catering took him to London.
He quickly became a fans' favourite by offloading cleverly, sidestepping like a centre or carrying Oldham over the gain line with bursts of genuine speed.
Remarkably for a prop, Ellison is ever-present with 27 appearances out of 27. More remarkably, the club's other front-line props, Boults and Wayne Kerr, are close behind with Boults having missed two games and Kerr one.
This trusty trio between them have scored 19 tries and clocked up 78 appearances out of a possible 81 -- a massive contribution in the side's engine room to everything Roughyeds have achieved this year.
"We've got one more match in which to achieve our objective," said Ellison. "It will be my first Grand Final at this level, but myself and the other first-timers want to do it for the boys who have suffered Grand Final disappointments in the last few years.
"Players like Neil Roden, Marcus St Hilaire and Paul O'Connor are determined we are not going to lose four years on the run. The new boys have bought into that and will be going flat out to help them turn things round."