New boy Roden straight into squad for Dewsbury PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 02 April 2021

aiden roden.pngWhitehaven have eased a potential problem at hooker by signing Wigan Warriors’ Aiden Roden on an initial month’s loan. 

Callum Phillips will miss the first four matches of the Championship season following his red card in the Challenge Cup-tie with Dewsbury two weeks ago. 

Fellow hooker Sam Dowsett is out of the frame at the moment, unable to train or play through new work commitments.

Even trialist Oscar Thomas, who can operate at nine but prefers 1,6 or 7, is side-lined with a groin problem. 

Roden, 20, will go straight into the Haven squad for tomorrow’s Championship opener at Dewsbury and will start on the bench. He trained with his new team-mates on Wednesday night and again this afternoon.

He is a product of the Wigan Academy set-up and has experienced the first team atmosphere in pre-season warm-up games. He was part of the Warriors team that won back-to-back Under 19’s grand finals in 2018 and 2019 against Leeds Rhinos and St Helens respectively. 

 Assistant coach Jonty Gorley was pleased with what he saw of the youngster in the two Haven training sessions he attended. 

Gorley said: “He looked the part and certainly people who know him well speak highly of him. With losing Callum for four games and with Sam currently being unavailable due to work commitments we needed to bring in another hooker. 

“Aiden came through a great system at Wigan so we are really looking forward to having him with us for the next month.” 

Darrell Goulding, Head of Youth at Wigan Warriors said: “This is a great opportunity for Aiden to test himself at Championship level and get regular game time.  

“He has played a big part in the successful academy and reserve teams over the past few years with his solid defence and distribution skills. I know everyone at Whitehaven will make him feel really welcome.” 

Ashley Kilpatrick a Whitehaven director said: “We are really excited to have Aiden here and be part of his development. 

“Darrell Goulding at Wigan and our former coach Steve McCormack both speak highly of Aiden. They spoke about how tough he is in the middle and his sharpness from dummy half.”

Whitehaven will be without Phillips, Thomas and Dion Aiye for the trip to Yorkshire when they will be looking for a quick double against the Rams. 

Head coach Gary Charlton said: “That won’t be easy. Dewsbury will be particularly fired-up, especially as we beat them with 12 men in the Cup.

“We have to go with the right mind-set and cut-out the errors that marred our second-half performance at Widnes last week.” 

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