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Nzoungou joins ‘Haven on loan

WHEN Oldham kick-off their Betfred League 1 campaign at Whitehaven on February 18 they could be faced by Salford’s French forward Levy Nzoungou, who helped Roughyeds to beat Keighley Cougars 52-6 in their third and final pre-season warm up.

The giant 20-year-old, who was at Toulouse Olympique last year, played on dual-registration for Scott Naylor’s men at the Vestacare Stadium last week, but he has since signed for Whitehaven on a month’s loan.

The Cumbrians have also snapped up Barrow forward Matty While on a similar arrangement and coach Carl Forster plans to play them both this weekend against derby rivals Workington Town in the annual Ike Southward memorial match.

Forster said: “Levy is a big lad and a strong runner with a great offload. We’re looking forward to seeing him in a Whitehaven jersey this weekend.

“We’re also made up to bring Matty in. He will add size to our pack and help to provide the depth that we need.”

Town will also have a well-known first-timer on view in the shape of former Leeds and Great Britain forward Ryan Bailey, who has signed for the Derwent Park outfit from Toronto Wolfpack. He will link up with his ex-Toronto team mate Sean Penkywicz.

Roughyeds, meanwhile, are monitoring the progress of centre Matt Reid, two-try hero of the Law Cup win at Rochdale, who has suffered a nasty injury to a finger in training. It kept him out of the two latest pre-season games against Barrow and Keighley.

Said coach Naylor: “He has a deep wound. He’s had the stitches out, but it’s not healing very well so he might have to see a plastic surgeon. It’s too early to say whether we’ll have him back for the opening league game.”

Ben Davies may need a scan on a troublesome back, but Adam Jones is expected back next week after going down with flu, while Gateth Owen (foot), Kenny Hughes (finger) and Liam Bent (elbow) are all said to be progressing nicely.



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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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