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HEAD coach Scott Naylor and conditioner-cum-prop Adam Neal took their Oldham squad to Trafford Park, Manchester on Tuesday night (Feb 6) for a special training session at Challenge4Change.

In so doing they followed the likes of St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Salford City Reds, Sale Sharks, Blackpool FC, Blackburn Rovers, FC United, AFC Fylde, Manchester City Ladies Elite Development Squad and Manchester Thunder Netball.

Challenge4Change is described on its website as “a unique indoor activity centre designed, with sports teams in mind, to improve team bonding, continuity and performance.

Said Naylor:

“It was a great experience. Everyone was there. The injured lads did what they could. We did two-and-a-half hours of non-stop stuff. It was intense, but interesting and a good laugh at the same time.

“The lads enjoyed it immensely and it was VERY beneficial.”

ORSA

The club wishes to thank ORSA (Roughyeds Supporters Association), who part-funded the visit to Challenge4Change as part of their continuing remit to support the playing and coaching staff in a variety of ways.

In the coming season the official, but independently-run, supporters club will sponsor 20-year-old Liam Bent, youngest member of the Roughyeds’ squad, and they are striving to increase ORSA membership for an annual subscription of £10.

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Naylor, meanwhile, reported “good news” on the injury front with Kenny Hughes, who has had surgery on a damaged finger, and Liam Bent, who dislocated an elbow in the Law Cup win at Rochdale, looking likely to return to normal training next week.

Adam Jones has recovered from flu that forced him out of the 52-6 win against Keighley Cougars; Gareth Owen is continuing his rehab on a serious foot injury; and Ben Davies has had a scan which has shown he does not need surgery to correct a back problem.

Added Naylor:

“That’s good news. He may need an injection now and we’d expect him to be ready for a return to training about a week after that.”

Second favourites to win Betfred League 1 outright, Roughyeds open up against third favourites Whitehaven in Cumbria on Sunday, February 18.

Big French prop Levy Nzoungou, who impressed for Oldham against Keighley on dual-registration from partner club Salford Red Devils, will probably play for the Cumbrians, whom he has since joined on a month’s loan.

He made his debut for Haven as a substitute in their 30-12 win against derby rivals Workington Town at the Recreation Ground in the annual Ike Southward memorial match, watched by a crowd of 1,113.

Naylor said he had spoken to Salford head coach Ian Watson about the Nzoungou situation, which would not affect the Salford-Oldham dual-reg link-up.

Despite visa delays, Whitehaven expect to have both their PNG stars, Dion Aiye and Jessie Joe Parker, back at the club in time for the Oldham game.



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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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