ONE-TIME fans’ favourite Lucas Onyango, the Kenyan winger who had six good seasons with Oldham, is back at the club to assist the coaching and backroom staff on match days.
Since leaving Roughyeds for Oxford at the end of the 2012 season, he’s qualified to work in sport with a degree in coaching and sports development and a masters in exercise and sports science.
Aged 36, his playing days are over, but he is keen to find his feet in a sporting environment and what better place to try, he said, than the club for which he scored 73 tries in 108 appearances between 2007 and 2012 and appeared in three Grand Finals in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton:
“Lucas got in touch a few weeks ago to say he would like to get involved again at the club.
“We are more than happy to help him with that so he will be assisting initially at home games in and around the dressing room and from the bench.”
Lucas watched the Keighley Cougars pre-season game and he was in action for the first time at the cup-tie against Featherstone Lions, helping with the warm-up and other duties during the game.
“I loved my time with Oldham and although I live in Manchester I’ve always regarded Oldham, town and club, as my second home. It’s great to be back here.”
Following the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third-round win against Feathertone Lions, attention now switches to the first home Betfred League 1 clash against Hemel Stags at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm). Tonight’s training session has been cancelled because of the weather.
Challenge Cup Draw
The draw for the fourth round of the Challenge Cup will be made live tonight on the BBC Sport website from 7pm. Eleven Betfred Championship sides will join the 13 third-round winners, including Roughyeds.