Oldham: Blyth Spartans winger Jarrett Rivers on trial

Jarrett Rivers
Jarrett Rivers has scored nine goals in 29 appearances so far this season

League One side Oldham Athletic have taken Blyth Spartans winger Jarrett Rivers on trial for a week.

The 21-year-old - who works in his mother's newsagents - scored the winner in the Northern Premier League side's FA Cup win over League Two Hartlepool.

Rivers came through the youth system at Middlesbrough, and joined Blyth from Whitley Bay last summer.

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"It's a great opportunity for him to go down there and make an impression," said Spartans boss Tom Wade.external-link

"He has been great for us this season and it shows how far we have come that the young lads are getting noticed.

"There are a lot of other clubs interested in signing him and in all honesty the phone hasn't stopped ringing."

Speaking after the 2-2 draw against Doncaster, Latics manager Lee Johnson spoke about what it was like at the club after the media intensity of the collapsed Ched Evans transfer.

Asked what it has been like, Johnson responded: "Really simple if I'm honest because I'm a football manager and I've got to prepare my team.

"The people who have come out with fantastic credit are the players and office staff, there's no doubting that - what they've had to deal with and go through, they've been superb.

"It was a very unique potential signing and one that could have only really been made at the top end by the board because there were so many different aspects."