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Roughyeds sign Zack McComb on one-year deal

OLDHAM have signed Halifax-based centre Zack McComb (22), a former Huddersfield Giants under-19s player, who was selected in the England Universities 24-man squad for last year’s Student World Cup in Australia.

A third-year sports coaching student at Leeds Beckett University, McComb joined Roughyeds for pre-season training last November and enjoyed two successful trials in pre-season games against Barrow Raiders away and against Keighley Cougars at the Vestacare Stadium, where he scored his first try in Oldham colours.

In 2015 he played in the same Huddersfield academy side as Jared Simpson, Darnell McIntosh, Tyler Dickinson, Sam Wood and Mikey Wood, who have all played for Roughyeds on dual-registration over the last two seasons.

Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Zack has been with us for a while and he has impressed the coaching staff both in tough pre-season training and with his performances against Barrow and Keighley.

“He was playing top-class amateur rugby league with National Conference premiers Siddal last year and he also has a professional background from his time with Huddersfield Giants and Batley Bulldogs.”

The signing, on a one-year contract, was completed in time for McComb to be available for selection in the Oldham squad to open up their 2018 Betfred League 1 campaign against Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Although born in Keighley, where his late father Wayne McComb played for Keighley Albion, Zack has lived most of his life in Halifax  where he played for Siddal from the age of seven to 14 when he had approaches from Salford, Bradford and Huddersfiel.

He chose to join the Giants and he enjoyed five years there before moving on to Batley Bulldogs. During his eight months with the Bulldogs he had two games on dual-reg with Oxford and four on loan with Gloucester All Golds.

Said Zack:

“The travelling got me down and, for a while, I called it a day. But I soon started to miss the game so I went back to Siddal  towards the end of the 2016 season and I had my first full season with them as a senior in 2017.

“We did well in the premier division of the Conference, reaching a couple of grand finals and putting up a performance that caught the headlines when we held Toronto Wolfpack to 14-6 in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. What a day that was !

“When I got the call from Oldham I saw it as a good opportunity to get back into the pro game and things have worked out just right for me.

“It was brilliant to get back into the pro environment and the welcome I got from everyone at Oldham was overwhelming. I didn’t think it would be anything like that. It was a tough pre-season, very tough, but the other lads and the coaching staff were very supportive and very positive and I loved every minute of it.

“Conditions up at Barrow were grim when I made my debut, but I thought I did well against Keighley. I got over for one too; I really enjoyed that.

“Now I’ve got a one-year contract and I’m made up with that too. I’m buzzing. I feel like I’ve got some reward for all the hard work I’ve put in and an incentive to go on and make the most
of the opportunity the club has given me to make a fresh start at pro level.”


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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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