Steve Nield may play at Swinton

LONG-SERVING Steve Nield may be back in an Oldham RL jersey on Sunday for the first time since he was seriously injured at Keighley Cougars in a League One game on May 31, 2015.

While sidelined for 19 months he had a knee completely rebuilt and retained an active involvement with his hometown club, although he wasn’t re-signed for the 2016 KP Championship campaign.

In the latter part of the 2015 promotion-winning campaign, at the end of which he won a clubman-of-the-year award, and for the whole of last season he helped out on match days as a member of the bench and backroom team.

Said chairman Chris Hamilton: “Steve always wanted to do his rehab with us and to keep involved with the club and we were, and are, equally keen to help him all we can.”

Nield, 26, has done a full pre-season with the club he has been with since he was 19, and he will be given a shirt in the warm-up games that start on Sunday against Swinton Lions at Heywood Road, Sale (3pm kick-off).

Explained coach Scott Naylor: “Before we can fully determine what level Steve is at after such a long time out of the game (19 months) we need to look at him in action. He will feature in the friendlies and then we will decide what we consider to be in Steve’s best interests; whether he will go out on loan or stay with us.”

Also given a run in the pre-season games, which continue at Barrow on Sunday, January 15 (2pm) and against Rochdale Hornets at Bower Fold for the Law Cup on Sunday, January 22 (3pm), will be young winger Harry Warburton, a trialist from amateurs Folly Lane, who has impressed the Roughyeds’ coaching staff while training with the club for the past few weeks.

Roughyeds need to speak to Castleford Tigers, however, before they know whether on-loan Keiran Gill will be available over the next three weeks.

“The decision is Castleford’s,” said Naylor. “Keiran has had an operation on a hand and injuries like that take a long time to heal properly.

“I need to speak about it to Darryl Powell (Castleford coach). ‘Gilly’ will be available to play for us when ‘Cas’ think it is the right time. He is their player after all.”

Following Bradford Bulls’ shock liquidation, a new Bradford club may start life in the Championship next season on minus 12 points.

The RFL have created a pathway for a ‘new’ Bradford club to start up in the sport’s second tier if owners can be found in time.

Had the Bulls been deducted 12 points at the end of last season they would have still finished 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

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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