NAYLOR KEEPS HIS OPTIONS OPEN

WITH tough back-to-back warm-up games coming up at Barrow and Rochdale ahead of the Championship opener at home to London Broncos, Oldham boss Scott Naylor will look at all his options before naming his squad to travel to Craven Park on Sunday.

He spent Monday afternoon in Huddersfield with Giants’ head coach Paul Anderson, discussing all aspects of Oldham’s partnership with the Super League club, most notably the dual registration agreement.

Jon Ford, who took a bang to the head at Keighley in the first of the Roughyeds’ three pre-season games, wasn’t in the squad that was ready to go to Spotland last week for the ill-fated Law Cup game that fell victim to the first blast of winter.

The centre is fit again and he will be back in contention this weekend with the other 20 players, although Naylor is keeping his options open and has still to decide on a selection strategy and on how many players he wants to use in Cumbria.

He said: “Everybody is fit and everybody is training well. But I’ve still a lot of thinking to do before I name the squad for Sunday.

“Among other things I’ll be considering what I saw at Keighley in the first game and how best to use my players against Barrow and then Rochdale in order to have the squad in the best possible shape for the London game.

“Dual registration is available this weekend if we need it, so I’ll weigh up all my options over the next day or two.

“It was nice to have a chat with Paul Anderson face to face rather than over a phone. We covered a lot of ground and had a very positive meeting.

“We were going to have a free Sunday on January 31, but it’s more important that we play the Law Cup game. It’s a big derby clash for clubs, players and fans alike and its a game that needs playing.

“The weather beat us last Sunday, but we can’t do anything about that. Other than rearranging for January 31 we could have gone for midweek I suppose, but who wants that at this time of year.”

The RFL has confirmed that the first Law Cup game since 2013 can now go ahead at Spotland at the second time of asking on Sunday, January 31, kick-off 3pm.

Admission prices are £13 adults, £10 concessions and £1 under-16s. After match expenses are deducted, receipts are shared by both clubs.


Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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