Wigan’s Russell opts for Gold Coast transfer

Title-chasers Siddal could be without loose forward Oli Marns for the year after he broke his cheekbone in last weekend’s win over Wath Brow.

Marns, who in his first season of amateur rugby league having played professionally for Halifax, Keighley, Batley and Leigh, underwent surgery on the injury on Wednesday, an operation that usually carries a recovery time of six to 12 weeks.

“Oli looks like he could be out for the year, which is a key injury for us really,” said coach Gareth Greenwood, whose Premier Division side host Oulton Raiders tomorrow afternoon (1.30).

“It’s a shame because he’s been really good for us, not just on the field but off it too.

“He’s the kind of person you want around the team and even if he’s not playing I hope he’ll still be around on the touchline for the rest of the season.”

Last week’s victory over the Cumbrians kept Siddal on course to fulfil Greenwood’s stated aiming of winning their last four games to set up a potential tilt at top spot.

“We played very well in the second half and probably gave them a bit of a hiding, which was pleasing because they’re a decent outfit,” said Greenwood.

“You can tell when teams come whether they’re serious or not and they are.

“The results went for us elsewhere as well, with Myton losing at Saddleworth which no one expected.

“We just need to win our last three games now, if we do that we’ll be there or thereabouts depending on how the other teams do.

“Tomorrow’s going to be tough though; Oulton need to win to give themselves a chance of staying up so they’ll have every man and his dog playing.”

Greenwood hopes to have prop Scott Law available again after his return from Australia, although the player’s expected return to Championship club Keighley could limit his involvement at Chevinedge.

Bradford are to twin with Championship neighbours Dewsbury in a move that will see players move between the two clubs.