Roughyeds have added more Super League talent to their ranks with the capture of winger Kieran Dixon, going into a make-or-break period of the League One season.

Oldham and Keighley are currently neck-and-neck in the race to be crowned League One champions, and with only one guaranteed promotion spot this year, the club have felt the need to further strengthen the squad ahead of a crucial run of games.

“It is exciting and a big opportunity to join a club who are looking to move forward,” said Dixon.

“I had a good chat with Longy and (managing director) Mike Ford and jumped at the opportunity to come and join the boys and hopefully get a good push towards the end of the season.

“Sean spoke about how good the club is, what the visions are where they are looking to be. I want to be as competitive as possible and Oldham is very competitive. I am hoping that I can add myself into this team and push for that Championship spot next year.”

With Jamie Ellis currently out of favour, Oldham’s primary goalscorer, the club have sought the services of another accomplished goal-kicker, with there being little room for complacency going into the back end of the year.

Ellis’ absence from Sean Long’s side has been particularly noticeable due to his impressive 80-per-cent kicking accuracy.

Logan Astley, Danny Craven and Cian Tyrer have shared kicking responsibilities when Ellis has not been in the side, however only Astley has managed more than a 60-per-cent kick success rate.

Goalscoring could be crucial, especially in the two remaining games against Keighley given their kicker, Jack Miller, is the top goalscorer and has a success rate of more than 87 per cent.

Dixon, known for his exuberant kicking style, has converted 329 goals across his 12-year career which started at London Broncos.

The speedster has an eye for a try or two having scored 167 in 244 career appearances for sides including London, York, Leigh and Hull KR.

Hackney-born Dixon arrives from Widnes Vikings where he scored 25 tries in 38 appearances for the championship side across the past three seasons.

Dixon is a former England Knights international and played for Hull KR in their Challenge Cup final defeat to Leeds Rhinos in 2015

He will be in contention to make his debut for Oldham this weekend when they take on North Wales at Boundary Park on Sunday (3pm).