Skolars Release Duo

London Skolars have today released half-back Matt Bradley and back-row forward Danny Burgan from their contracts.

Bradley joined the Club from Gloucestershire All Golds at the start of the season but has found he couldn’t settle in London and is set to return to the All Golds.

Burgan, a former Widnes Viking academy player, has not broken into the first team squad and has requested his release.

Wigan youngster Gavin Rodden, nephew of Skolars’ director Mark Croston, has been selected to captain BARLA Young Lions on their tour to Malta next month.

A former match day mascot at London Skolars, Gavin, 6′ 2″ and 90kg, was a member of the  Wigan Warrior scholarship programme and is equally at home as hooker and second-row.

Perth Road is the place to be this Saturday morning if you’re looking for a rugby league fix with four games, the first  getting under way at 1030.

Our U11s and U13s take on Invicta Panthers before Eastern Rhinos provide the opposition for our U15s and U17s at 1130 and 1230 respectively.

For the U15s it will be a chance to put behind their disappointment from last week’s Challenge Cup final defeat to Elmbridge Eagles. The Skolars’ youngsters put in a great performance with the scores level at full-time 24-24 before the Eagles got the first score in the golden point period to win 28-24

On Saturday afternoon we have two fixtures at SW Chargers with the Merit Team kicking things off at 1230 and our A team taking to the field at 1430.

London Skolars coach Joe Mbu remains confident his team can reach their goals for 2014, despite losing their last three matches.

Skolars haven’t won since mid April, when they beat Hemel Stags. Since then they have lost to York City Knights, Gateshead Thunder and Gloucestershire All Golds, but Mbu is upbeat.

He said: “We’re at full strength to face Oldham, and we want to start getting some momentum going. We’re trying to get more consistency as a group.”

He added: “It’s always a challenge going up to Oldham and one we’re all too familiar with.

“Over the years we’ve come close and sometimes we’ve just lost at the end.

“We need to go up there, make sure we turn up understanding the pitch and facilities, and try to get the job done.

“There’s a lot of work for us still to do this year. We’ve revisited a couple of things and we understand we’re a long way from where we set our targets at the start of the season, but we don’t think our targets at the back end of the season are unachievable.”

Oldham coach Scott Naylor is defending an unbeaten home record in 2014.

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