Agoro seals new Roughyeds deal
Mo Agoro did enough in his first season of senior rugby to convince Oldham coach Scott Naylor that his future lies at Whitebank.
A product of Leeds Rhinos, the 20-year-old winger has agreed a new one-year deal to continue his rugby education under the tutelage of Naylor and his assistant Lee Spencer.
Outside rugby, Agoro is a third-year student at Huddersfield University, working towards a degree in exercise and health.
He knows he also has a lot to learn when he puts on the Oldham shirt, as he did in the season just ended in every game apart from one.
"I'm still finding my feet at this level, but I feel I've progressed this year and I'm sure I'll benefit from the experience," said Agoro, who joined Roughyeds initially on the recommendation of his former Rhinos boss Barrie McDermott.
"I always knew the step-up to senior rugby from academy would be tough. It was a big step, but I scored a few tries (nine), although not as many as I had hoped.
"I aim to get more next season, while improving my general play and helping the team to achieve the promotion that we came so close to earning this year.
"We had a good season overall, but we let ourselves down in the play-off final and that has made everybody even more determined to do better next time."
He becomes the ninth player on the Roughyeds roster for 2014.
Describing him as a "great kid with loads of potential", Naylor said Agoro did a good job in his debut season, especially when taking his youth and relative inexperience into account.
Added the Roughyeds boss: "He's willing to listen and learn and I can only see him getting better in his second season with us.
"He's a very professional young man and you can see he's had a good and disciplined upbringing in the game while he was at Leeds.
"He's as keen as mustard in training and always eager and willing to do that little bit extra.
"We need to keep hold of young players like Mo and give them the best possible chance of realising their full potential for the future of both the game and the club.
"We are delighted he will be with us again next year."
** AT the end of a season in which Roughyeds finished second in Championship One and reached the play-off final, players will receive gongs and individual awards at a celebration dinner at Whitebank on Saturday week, October 19 (7pm for 7.30). Cost per head is £20, which includes a three-course meal, the awards ceremony, interviews and entertainment.
To reserve you place, ring Janet at the club on 0161 624 9630, extension 70552, ignoring switchboard messages.