New deal for unlucky Briscoe


OLDHAM have re-signed long-term injury victim Craig Briscoe in the knowledge that he won’t play again until he has fully recovered from a surgical reconstruction of his right knee.

It’s a show of faith in the desperately unlucky 23-year-old former Leigh and Barrow back-row forward, whose first season with the Roughyeds was restricted to four starts and another three appearances off the bench.

Coach Scott Naylor has since revealed that Briscoe shouldn’t have played in those games after initially smashing his knee in his first few minutes in an Oldham jersey during a pre-season run-out at Barrow last January.

Said the Oldham boss:

“From outside the club, he didn’t get the best medical advice, as a result of which he tried to play while carrying a serious injury.

“His first season with us wasn’t what either he or we wanted, but Craig is determined to get himself out on the pitch again and to show people what he is made of.

“He’s a young player with years ahead of him.

“We’ve all had long-term injuries and come back not only stronger physically but stronger mentally and stronger as people.

“Knowing Craig as well as I do, I’ve absolutely no doubt that will be the case with him.”

He has signed a new one-year deal although he won’t play again until next summer at the soonest.

His ill-fated 2016 campaign ended at Bower Fold on August 7 when Roughyeds opened their Championship Shield campaign with a 30-16 win against Workington Town.

Recalled Briscoe:

“I was a substitute and I had only been on the field for a minute or so when the knee collapsed again in a tackle. It was my first carry of the game. I immediately feared the worst.

“In the days and weeks that followed I let the club know I really wanted to stay because I had enjoyed my first year so much despite getting injured in a pre-season warm-up on the ground of a club I had just left.

“Oldham are standing by me and putting a lot of trust in me and the one thing I want most from all this is to repay that trust with a lot of interest.

“Knee reconstructions these days are part and parcel of contact sport, and not as serious as they were years ago, but I’m told I’ll be out for seven months at least after the operation.”

Briscoe takes to 19 the number of players now contracted to the Roughyeds for their second season of KP Championship rugby at Bower Fold, Stalybridge.

They include three new signings in prop Ben Davies from Whitehaven, half-back Scott Leatherbarrow from London Broncos and centre or second-row Nathan Chappell from Sheffield Eagles plus half-back David Hewitt, who is now Oldham’s player after two spells with Naylor’s men on loan.

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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