'Wardie' signs new deal


MICHAEL Ward, who’s been at Oldham RLFC since he was 16, is looking forward to playing for his hometown club again next year . . . in the KP Championship.

The 25-year-old prop-forward has followed Phil Joy and Jack Spencer in signing a new deal covering 2017.

Said Ward: “I’m confident we’ll stay up. The Shield wins against Workington and Swinton have put us in a strong position. The feeling in the dressing room is that we can pick up more points too in the five games we have left.”

A two-match RFL suspension kept him out of those Shield games and ruined his 26-match ‘ever present’ record this year, but he hopes to be back in the 17 at Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

Asked to name the biggest single factor in his decision to put pen to paper on a new deal, Ward replied: “I’m happy. I’m with a great bunch of lads and we’ve got a good coaching staff.

“I like to think I’m playing well, so why would I want to move ?

“I’ve been at the club a long time and I like it here. I’ve never played anywhere else and it would be nice to be able to say that again when the time comes for me to call it a day.”

Coach Scott Naylor pulled off a master-stroke when he converted Ward from a back-row man to an impact prop coming off the bench.

Said the Roughyeds boss: “This division is a tough arena. He grew accustomed in League One last year to the job I wanted him to do and this season he has gradually gone better and better at a higher level to anything he was used to previously.

“He has adapted well. He is now a top Championship prop and that’s the result of a lot of hard work on his part and a lot of desire to be the best he can be.”

Bottom-club Whitehaven, who come to Bower Fold on September 11, have sacked coach James Coyleonly four days before their crunch relegation battle with neighbours Workington Town. Coyle’s assistant Gary Broadbent has also left the club.

Oldham’s next home game is against Sheffield Eagles on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29 (3pm) when ORSA will host match-day hospitality.

Cost including main-stand seat, quality pre-game buffet, half-time refreshments and pre and post-game interviews and player presentations, is £25 (season-ticket holders £10). To book ring Paul Hulbert on 07534329674.

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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