Saints boss Mallinder admits he’s keen on signing Oakley

Jim Mallinder
Jim Mallinder

SAINTS boss Jim Mallinder has confirmed he wants to keep trialist Rhys Oakley at the club.

Former Leeds Carnegie and Bourgoin No.8 Oakley has impressed in three pre-season outings so far.

He came off the bench to good effect against Leinster last Saturday, then started against Moseley on Thursday before again being used as a replacement against Edinburgh a day later.

And the 31-year-old, who has two Wales caps to his name, appears to have done enough to secure a deal at Franklin’s Gardens.

Mallinder said: “Rhys has played really well. He’s come in on loan and we’re really happy with what he’s done. Hopefully we’ll keep him.

“He’s a very talented and experienced rugby player. He’s played for Wales, he’s played in England, he’s played in France and I think some of those experiences will be really good for our squad.”