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Two in on loan from Wakefield Trinity

OLDHAM have today (Tuesday, April 10) announced the signings on a month’s loan of two young players from Wakefield Trinity, Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw.

Luke (19), a goalkicking full-back, is no stranger to the Roughyeds, or the fans, having played six Championship Shield games on loan for Scott Naylor’s men at the end of last season.

Lee (18), a winger, has been at Trinity since he was 15 after previously playing age-group rugby union for West Yorkshire and then amateur rugby league with Keighley Albion and Eastmoor Dragons.

Both teenagers are full-time professionals at Trinity and are named in the Betfred Super League club’s first-team squad.

They start training with Oldham on Thursday and both will be in contention for Sunday’s home game against Keighley Cougars at the Vestacare Stadium and available for the following Sunday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Hull KR at Bower Fold, Stalybridge.

Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton:

“We welcome both Luke and Lee to Oldham and we are looking forward to having them with us.

“We know Luke well, of course, because of the time he spent with us towards the end of last season. He will be an excellent addition to the squad, as he was last year.

“Lee is a strong-running winger, highly rated by Wakefield, and we are looking forward to seeing him in action at League 1 level.”

Hooley played in six of Oldham’s seven Championship Shield games at the back end of last season, kicking 18 goals (from 21 attempts) and scoring a match-winning try at Rochdale after following David Hewitt and taking the scrum-half’s final pass.

In his six outings for Oldham he was twice named Roughyeds’ man of the match by League Express — in a 22-22 draw at Batley Bulldogs and in a 24-18 defeat by Toulouse Olympique at Bower Fold.

“I really enjoyed my time at Oldham. It was great experience for me and it’s good to be back,” said Hooley. “I’m really looking forward to playing some regular rugby again, week in and week out.”

Said Kershaw:

“I’m still eligible for the under-19s, but playing open-age rugby against men will be a new challenge. I’m looking forward to it.”



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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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