Joy signs new one-year contract


PHIL Joy’s emotion matched his name today when he signed a new one-year contract to stay with Oldham RL Club in 2017 — his seventh season with his hometown club.

Apart from Danny Langtree, who is half-way through a two-year deal, 24-year-old Joy is the first Oldham player to commit to the club for next year.

“I’ve never wanted to go anywhere else, so I’m happy — very happy,” said the big prop, whose new deal in sporting circles quickly follows a promotion in his professional life.

From Monday to Friday, the man who plays his rugby in the front-row, where the sport is at its roughest and toughest, is a suited and booted Model Risk Oversight Manager at the Leeds head office of the Yorkshire Building Society.

And he believes he’s not taking too much of a chance to suggest that Roughyeds WILL stay in the Championship at the end of their inaugural season in the sport’s second tier.

He said: “I’m confident we’ll do it. It’s been a big step-up from League One for us, but we always knew it would be.

“We’ve had our ups and downs, but it’s been a very enjoyable ride and a huge challenge. It was never going to be anything else in a division with full-time clubs and several others which have been in this division for a few years.

“We’ve had some great wins against Sheffield (home and away) and Featherstone, Dewsbury and Batley at Bower Fold.

“We haven’t done as well against Swinton Lions and the two Cumbrian clubs, but I think our inconsistencies have depended on our attitudes and whether we ‘turned up’ on any specific day.”

Chris Hamilton, the club chairman, said: “We have started the process of speaking to people about next year and Phil was the first to agree a deal and sign on.

“It’s a big challenge for any team and any individual player who is stepping up into the Championship from League One, but particularly so for forwards like Phil, who battle it out week after week in the front-row.

“He has done particularly well to meet that challenge and we are delighted to secure his services for another year.”

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: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

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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