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Valleys utility is back having played in almost every grade

Ian Oakhill has played just about every grade for Valleys, and almost all positions.
Ian Oakhill has played just about every grade for Valleys, and almost all positions. Jake Jones

IAN Oakhill has played rugby league for Valleys for so long that he has played for just about every grade in almost every position.

But there would still be players at the club who do not know him.

Oakhill, 27, has been in Gladstone since he was 10, playing rugby league since the age of 15, but he's also spent time on the sidelines or away playing in other destinations.

Before he left following the 2012 season, Oakhill was playing halfback for the A-grade side.

Now, upon his return to the club, he is slipping in wherever he is needed.

Last weekend he played reserve grade.

"I had last year off," he said.

"It was only my second game back last weekend.

"I suppose you could call me a utility. I played second row on the weekend but normally hooker."

Oakhill learnt to be flexible when he was younger, filling holes for the club in multiple teams when it was struggling for players.

"It is a different team now," he said.

"I used to play three games. The club was struggling.

"It is good, the depth we have in the club now."

That depth gives Oakhill, who is self-employed, the leniency to not feel obliged to make games he is unavailable for.

"A few of the boys are still playing so I came back," he said.

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