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Oldham announce dual-reg link with Red Devils

AFTER three years linked to Huddersfield Giants, Oldham have announced a new dual-registration partnership for the 2018 season with Salford Red Devils, a club at which Scott Naylor has worked as both player and coach.

The Roughyeds’ boss will now have a close working relationship with Salford head coach Ian Watson, a former team mate and an ex-Oldham captain.

Naylor said:

“I’m excited, for several reasons, about this dual-registration agreement with one of my former clubs.

“To start with, we’re not far away from Salford and that’s got to be a big help.

“Secondly, I’ve known Ian Watson for a long, long time. We played together. We go back years, and that’s important in itself. Ian Blease (Salford CEO) is also a good friend of mine.

“Myself and ‘Watto’ (Ian Watson) are in total agreement about what we both want out of this dual-reg arrangement. It’s going to be an important part of our season in our quest to get promotion and get back into the Championship.

“Dual-reg didn’t really work for us last year, but I’m confident this link with Salford will make us a lot stronger and give us really good options, especially come the end of the season when we get to the play-offs.”

Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“We’ve been with Salford before. We know what they’re all about and they know what we’re all about.

“The Red Devils are under new ownership, so it’s a bright new era for them. We’ve already got a close association with Ian Watson and Ian Blease and hopefully that association will go from strength to strength.”

Oldham’s links with the Red Devils don’t end there. Naylor’s No 2 Peter Carey has also worked for the Betfred Super League Club while Adam Neal, club captain Gareth Owen, Jack Spencer and Liam Bent all rose through the ranks there with Neal, Owen and Spencer making a combined total of 88 Super League appearances in the Salford jersey.

Red Devils boss Watson said:

“I’m happy we’ve got Oldham on board. They’re a great club and it will give some of our players a chance to play rugby when they aren’t in our squad, which is key to keeping players fit and seeing them develop as athletes.

“Oldham is handy for the majority of our lads, which will make it easy for us to work with them, and Scott Naylor is a brilliant coach who I’ve known for a long time. I’m looking forward to working with him this year.”

Salford CEO Ian Blease said:

“We’re delighted to secure a new dual-registration partnership with a fantastic local side in Oldham.

“I’ve known Chris Hamilton for some time now and it’s been great to work with him in sorting out this dual-registration partnership. I’m looking forward to the relationship growing between the two clubs.”

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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