On your marks...

WHAT a line-up we will have in the Championship next season following key issues that were resolved in this weekend’s big games.

Salford’s 19-18 golden point win in the million pound game against Hull KR and Toulouse Olympique’s 32-22 home win against Barrow Raiders in the League 1 play-off final were the games that determined the destiny of four clubs.

Salford retain Super League status while Hull KR, the side we beat to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Challenge Cup history, are relegated to the Championship.

Toulouse are promoted to the second-tier along with Rochdale Hornets, the only side to beat them in League 1 competition this year, to produce a 2017 Championship that has all the makings of being a real humdinger.

Going to the starting gate will be:

Batley Bulldogs
Bradford Bulls
Dewsbury Rams
Featherstone Rovers
Hull KR
London Broncos
Rochdale Hornets
Sheffield Eagles
Swinton Lions
Toulouse Olympique

That’s a division of real quality, with the added tit-bit for Oldham and Rochdale fans of a return to derby rivalry, Hornets now able to feature several ex-Roughyeds.

Lewis Palfrey, the latest player to defect to the other side of the A627M, has signed a two-year contract at Spotland despite being offered a new and improved Oldham deal.

He has since been quoted thus: “I had four great years at Oldham but it is professional sport and things change, players move on, that’s what it is.

“There are times when you can get a bit comfy, but now I’m going into a completely different set-up with a different coach, different structures and a different set of lads.”

Roughyeds have announced two new signings so far in prop-forward Ben Davies from Whitehaven, who has 37 Super League appearances on his CV, and half-back Scott Leatherbarrow from London Broncos, who has made 100 senior appearances behind him, most of them in the Championship.

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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