Familiar faces: Bulldogs' Oldham prepares to play against old club

WILL Oldham has enjoyed his share of glory with the Orange Emus but now he’s seeking success against his old club.

FAMILIAR FACES: New Bathurst Bulldogs recruit Will Oldham faces his old club Orange Emus this Saturday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

FAMILIAR FACES: New Bathurst Bulldogs recruit Will Oldham faces his old club Orange Emus this Saturday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

The new Bathurst Bulldogs signing, who played a pivotal role in premierships for the Emus’ colts side in 2008 and 2009, travels to his former home ground at Endeavour Oval this Saturday.

The Central West Blue Bulls representative – who has played in Sydney and Molong since his time with Emus – is looking forward to taking on some familiar faces in the second round Blowes Clothing Cup meeting.

Oldham hasn’t taken long to make an impact for the Bulldogs, especially with the boot. He hit home six of seven conversions in the 47-7 opening round win over the Cowra Eagles at Ashwood Park.

Oldham is looking forward to the Emus meeting but will just treat it as he would any other game.

“It’ll be good fun. I know most of the boys over at Emus so I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“It’s just like another game for me, I’m not too fussed at all. You just go out there to play footy and that’s it.”

Oldham made his move to the Bulldogs official in December, coming across from the Molong Magpies after their GrainCorp Cup Northern Division grand final loss to the Narromine Gorillas.

The pre-season has been busy for Oldham, who has also trialled with the Central West Blue Bulls.

Oldham is hopeful that work has set him up well for what will be a tough season of football.

“The new competition is going to be really hard week in and week out. This year will be more physical and think there will a few sore bodies each week,” he said.

“The pre-season has been really good. There’s been a big commitment from the whole club and a lot of fitness work that’s been done. I think all of that work showed against Cowra.”

Like Bulldogs, Emus also got their season off to a strong start last weekend with a 33-10 win over cross-city rivals Lions.

The Greens only dropped one match in their 2017 season – which unfortunately for them was the grand final against the Forbes Platypi – and they already shape up as a favourite in this year’s new-look Blowes Clothing Cup competition.

Bulldogs have made just two changes from last week’s starting lineup.

Mark Donnelly reclaims the starting spot at hooker while Riley Hanrahan starts at wing.

The first grade Emus-Bulldogs meeting at Endeavour Oval starts from 3.15pm.

BATHURST BULLDOGS: 1 Aaron Booby, 2 Mark Donnelly, 3 Joel Harper, 4 Justin Mobbs, 5 Jaymen Carter, 6 Chris De Young, 7 Alex Weal, 8 Peter Fitzsimmons ©, 9 Josh Oxley, 10 Brad Glasson, 11 Riley Hanrahan, 12 Adam Powell (vc), 13 Harry Webber, 14 Adam Plummer, 15 Will Oldham