4th October 2017, 17:49
LUKE JOINS BROTHER TOBY AT HORNETS
Luke Adamson joins brother Toby, as he completes a move to Rochdale Hornets ahead of the 2018 season.
Rochdale Hornets have captured another new signing ahead of the 2018 season, as Luke Adamson makes the move from Oldham.
He joins brother Toby at the Crown Oil Arena, as he made the switch from Dewsbury Rams, and the 30-year-old loose forward brings huge experience to the squad.
His career started at Salford Red Devils, where he made his Super League debut in 2006 before going on to pick up the young player of the year award in 2009.
After 140 appearances in seven years at the club, Adamson joined Halifax in 2013 where he went on to feature 47 times over two seasons.
Ahead of the 2015 season he signed for Dewsbury Rams and made 52 appearances in a further two seasons at the Tetley’s Stadium.
He started 2017 with the Rams, as he played five times before moving to Oldham where he would feature 16 times as the club were relegated and consigned to League 1.
Both of Adamson’s tries in 2017 came in a Roughyed’s shirt, one of which was scored against his new club Rochdale in a 30-24 Oldham victory at the Crown Oil Arena.
It was after impressing in that game that Alan Kilshaw showed interest in the forward, he revealed.
“It was a bit out of the blue really,” Adamson commented.
“I hadn’t spoken to my agent much about next year because it was a tricky situation with Oldham.
“After we had played Rochdale away from home, Kilshaw thought I had a good game and once we were relegated things moved ahead.
“I wanted to stay in the Championship and it turned out the club were interested in me and my brother. It gave me an opportunity to play with Toby again, and it also meant I was close to home.”
Having the chance to play alongside brother Toby was a huge plus for Luke, and he explained how much he enjoys the experience.
“It’s awesome. I hadn’t done it until I moved to Dewsbury, I’d never played in the same team as him, I’d always wanted to but unfortunately at Salford it never came about.
“We played in the same side at Dewsbury and personally it took my game to the next level.
“If he puts on a big shot it really fires you up, or someone tries to whack him it’s the same.
“It gives you that extra buzz in a game, and it’s easier to travel to games and stuff like that so for me it’s awesome to play with him.”
Kilshaw also played a huge part in persuading him to join his brother at the Hornets, as he praised the Rochdale boss’ approach to part-time rugby.
“A few people had spoken highly of him, the likes of Lewis Palfrey had said he’s a really good people person,” continued Adamson.
“When I spoke to him he came across that way and he understands that it is part-time rugby.
“There are coaches in this league that I don’t believe think that way at all, I think they try and over-train the players.
“Too many games are played in this league as it is and I think Alan sees that, and he feels the best way to get the best out of players isn’t to do too much with them.
“It’s about getting the right balance between family, rugby and enjoyment, and when I spoke to Alan all of those things came across well.
“It was a big influence having a coach like him that you can speak to and is approachable.”
With over 250 career appearances to his name, the loose forward has a wealth of experience on his side, with almost half of those coming at Super League level.
Despite the drop down to the Championship, Luke feels he is a much better player now and is looking to lead his new team around the park.
“I’m a much better player now than I was in Super League which is funny. I think you get better with age and you obviously learn a lot.
“When I was with Salford I was known as a defensive player and it’s something I got labelled with, which I thought was a good thing.
“As a youngster I thought making 40 or 50 tackles a game was a really good thing, but you get older and realise it doesn’t really mean anything.
“I’ve developed my game now a lot more in the attacking sense, and I’ve led the team around the park the last few years.
“I think I can bring a lot of experience but also being a leader is something I can bring to the table. You learn from Super League that talking is crucial in a game, a few lads don’t realise that at this level so hopefully I can help with that.”
After ending 2017 with the disappointment of relegation, he is now focused on improving his game and taking it to the next level with Rochdale.
His biggest goal is to help the team improve though, and he is targeting a strong second year in the Championship for the Hornets.
“Personally I just want to keep improving and I want to develop all aspects of my game.
“My biggest goal is more of a team goal to push for that top six and look at reaching the Championship Shield play-offs.
“It would be massive for the club if we could achieve that in our second year in the division.
“They were a bit of an unknown last season, and I don’t think anyone took them lightly but they definitely won’t in 2018 having seen how they can play.
“I just want to help the team take it to the next level, and with the signings that have been made fingers crossed that can happen.”
Kilshaw was delighted to get a player of Luke’s quality over the line to improve his squad, and feels having him and his brother at the club is fitting of Hornets’ family values.
“Luke is a proven quality player at this level,” he commented.
“His performance at Spotland this season, in Oldham’s only victory over us, really made me and the coaching staff take notice of him and what he is capable of.
“He has a good attitude and is just the type of player we want to come in and enhance our club.
“We pride ourselves on being a family club, and having two brothers in the side typifies that.”