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Dual-reg pair Bennion, Nzoungou in Oldham squad

TWO of Salford’s new signings for 2018, prop-forwards Gavin Bennion and Levy Nzoungou, are included in Oldham’s 21-man squad for tomorrow’s Vestacare Stadium homecoming against Keighley Cougars.

It’s an early start to the Roughyeds’ new partnership with the Red Devils, which was announced a few days ago.

Bennion (23) worked his way through the ranks at Warrington before spending time with Swinton Lions, Featherstone Rovers and Halifax. He was a stalwart of the Rochdale Hornets pack last season before landing a Betfred Super League deal with Salford. He is expected to be a big player for the Red Devils this year.

Nzoungou, who celebrated his 20th birthday last Monday, is a Frenchman who was born in the Congo. He was reared at St Helens where he figured in the Saints’ Academy side that won the championship and went through the season unbeaten. Dave Eccleston, one of Oldham’s new signings, played in the same side.

Despite his youth, Nzoungou has spent time in Australia with Melbourne Storm before returning to France where he played for Toulouse Olympique last season.

Tomorrow’s squads:

Oldham: Barlow, Bennion, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook, Eccleston, Hewitt, Holmes, Joy, Langtree, Maders, Martin, McComb, Neal, Nelmes, Nield, Nzoungou, Rasool, Spencer, West, Wikinson.

Cougars: Aaronson, Barker, Barnes, Dixon, Fairhurst, Gaylor, Hallas, Hardcastle, Hawkyard, Kenga, Law, Leeming, Lumb, Parker, Rawlins, Reed, Ross, Ryder, Senior, Walton.

The referee will be top official James Child, from Wakefield, who refereed last October’s Super League Grand Final between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers.

This third and final pre-season warm-up game for Oldham kicks off at 3pm and sees the Roughyeds’ return to the borough after two years at Stalybridge, during which time the club’s ‘home’ at Limehurst Village has been re-named The Vestacare Stadium and significantly refurbished, both in the clubhouse, which opens at noon, and around the ground generally.

The biggest change was the installation of a top-quality artificial pitch which will be staging its first game of senior rugby league.

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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

The 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.

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