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Kieran Gill back at Oldham on loan

KIERAN Gill is back at Oldham !

The 22-year-old Castleford Tigers centre, fully fit and ready to play after the reconstruction of his left knee, has rejoined Roughyeds on a month’s loan and will be training with the squad tomorrow (Thursday) night, ahead of Sunday’s Betfred League 1 clash with Keighley Cougars at the Vestacare Stadium.

It will be his third stint with Oldham, for whom he scored eight tries in 12 appearances in 2016 and five tries in nine outings in 2017.

He then returned to his parent club only to suffer a serious knee injury on a try-scoring Super League debut against St Helens on June 4 last year.

Tigers won 16-12 on their way to finishing top of Super League and then reaching the Grand Final at Old Trafford where they were beaten by Leeds Rhinos.

Gill had a full knee reconstruction and has spent the last ten months building up to his first game back, which will be in Oldham colours.

Said Gill:

“I don’t know how it all came about but when I knew there was a chance of going back to Oldham I jumped at it. I didn’t hesitate.

“I’m ready to play and I can’t wait. I’m hoping to play on Sunday, but that’s not down to me. I’ll be back training with Oldham on Thursday night. I’ve been waiting ten months for my first game back and, to be honest, I feel as confident as ever.

“Before all my rehab even started I promised myself I would be back bigger, better and stronger and I’ll be out to prove that when I get back on the field.

“It will be my third spell at Oldham and that in itself says a lot about what I think of the club.

“They’re a great bunch of lads, Scott and the staff are first-rate and the fans are amazing.”

Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Kieran is keen to come back and he’s raring to go. Like Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw, who we’ve signed on loan from Wakefield, he’ll be in contention for Sunday and he’ll be available to us for the Challenge Cup tie with Hull KR a week later.”

Coach Scott Naylor said:

“We know all about Kieran and he knows all about us. He can play centre or wing so he’ll add to our options, which is exactly what we need.

“He hasn’t played for a while, but he’s been training with a top Super League club — not any Super League club, but the one which topped the league and then reached the Grand Final.

“He won’t be match fit, but he’ll be generally fit and very strong and he’ll be dying to play rugby again after ten months out.

“On top of that, he knows our structures and our systems because he’s played a lot of games for us. It should be a very smooth transition for him.”



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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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