League 1 club set sights on Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity veterans

Ambitious League 1 club Oldham have set their sights on two new signings boasting plenty of Super League experience ahead of the 2025 season. Rugby League Live understands the Roughyeds will look to add further experience to their squad next year, with two players identified.

They are Gil Dudson and Iain Thornley, who are currently playing at Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity respectively. Dudson, 33, is on a season-long loan with the Reds from Warrington Wolves, where he is off-contract at the end of the season. The Wales international has made over 250 appearances during a career that has seen him spend 15 years in Super League.

Meanwhile, Thornley, 32, has made over 100 Super League appearances in a career that has seen him represent Wigan Warriors, Leigh, Salford and Catalans among others. He has played ten games for Wakefield since joining the club ahead of their Championship campaign and has scored two tries.

Oldham, who are coached by Sean Long, are currently second in League 1, two points behind Keighley Cougars with a game in hand. Ahead of the current season, they made a number of high-profile signings with the likes of Joe Wardle and Jordan Turner among the players at Long's disposal this year.

Meanwhile, Wakefield have already made moves that will see them cover the loss of Thornley, with the likes of Corey Hall and Cam Scott heavily linked with moves to the club next year. Meanwhile, Salford are making plans for the 2025 season already and recently announced the signing of Esan Marsters from Huddersfield Giants.