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Dual-reg pair in 19-man squad

DUAL-REG pair Ryan Lannon and Derrell Olpherts, from Salford Red Devils, are included in Oldham’s 19-man squad for the opening Betfred League 1 fixture at Whitehaven tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

Wigan-born Lannon (22), a back-row forward, has played 36 senior games for the Red Devils.

Olpherts (26) is a new signing this season, having previously made his name in rugby league with Hemel Stags and Newcastle Thunder.

Oldham squad: Bent, Bridge, Crook, Eccleston, Hewitt, Holmes, Hughes, Johnson, Jones, Joy, Langtree, Lannon, Neal, Nelmes, Nield, Olpherts, Reid, Spencer, Wilkinson.

Liam Bent, Kenny Hughes and Matt Reid are back in contention after injury.

Said head coach Scott Naylor:

“It’s a strong squad and it’s good to be back with the ‘serious’ stuff. Pre-season is important, but there’s nothing like the real thing; like seeing how you perform in any given game, then fine-tuning what you think you did well and working hard to improve in areas where you might not have done so well.

“You are playing different teams every week and on different grounds every other week. It’s exciting. And especially so when a brand-new season stretches out ahead of you.  We’re back in action after a long close season. 

“That’s what gives players and coaches the buzz we all get out of this great game.”

Included in the Whitehaven squad is Salford’s young French prop Levy Nzoungou, who has joined the Cumbrians on a month’s loan after playing for Roughyeds on dual-reg in the warm-up match against Keighley Cougars.

Out through injury are winger Danny Green and Stuart Howarth.

Coach Carl Forster is waiting on PNG pair Jessie Joe Parker and Dion Aiye as well as James Mossop, who hasn’t played in any of the  friendlies because of a kidney problem.

Parker only arrived in the town on Thursday and Aiye is recovering from pneumonia, so all three will be given as long as possible to prove their fitness.

Marc Shackley (28), an experienced prop who has taken over Whitehaven’s captaincy, said of the Roughyeds:

“They’re a tough side and they’ve had some good pre-season results. They’ve also got dual-reg with Salford.

“They’ll come at us down the middle and with our pitch being heavy I imagine that’s where the game is going to be played.”

Like Oldham, the Cumbrians have targeted promotion so this clash of Betfred’s second favourites to go up automatically (Oldham) and third favourites (Whitehaven) can definitely be billed as League 1 stand-out game on the opening day of a long campaign.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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