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Dons name strong 19-man squad, including five Hull FC youngsters

DONCASTER have named a strong 19-man squad for tomorrow’s (Sun) big top-four clash with in-form Oldham at the Vestacare Stadium.

It includes five up-and-coming youngsters from Hull FC — prop Lewis Bienek and full-back/wing Jack Sanderson on loan as well as second-row Jack Downs, half-back Liam Harris and hooker Jez Litten on dual-reg.

Bienek (20), who first burst on to the scene at London Broncos, is in line to make his Doncaster debut.

The others are Hull lads, including highly-rated Harris, who was at Doncaster before he signed a two and a half year contract with Hull FC only last month.

Hooker Litten is a former England Academy product.

Chief executive Carl Hall told the club’s website:

“The defeat by Hunslet was gutting for us all. It rocked us a little bit to be honest.

“We’ve had a couple of losses so we need to turn that around.

“I rate Oldham. They’re a well-coached, well-drilled side. They play it tough and you’ve got to play them at their own game.

“Any team getting a result at Oldham is doing okay.”

He said new loan signing Bienek was chased by Wigan, Warrington, St Helens and a couple of NRL clubs before signing for Hull.

Harris, he added, had enjoyed two good Super League performances for Hull against Hull KR and Warrington and he was only back at Doncaster this weekend because he was cup-tied.

Roughyeds, third in Betfred League 1, are aiming for their sixth league win in a row against fourth-placed Doncaster, who are on the same number of points.

Both have won seven and lost three and both have been beaten by the same teams — Hunslet, York and Bradford.

Oldham’s 19-man squad will be announced later today, but it won’t include prop Adam Neal, who has been out for several weeks after being concussed against Keighley.

After his latest visit to a specialist head coach Scott Naylor said: “Adam is now on an assessment path with an estimate of anything between three to eight weeks before he can play.

“It’s all about him and when he feels he is ready. Once he can do serious training without feeling dizzy he can move on to the next stage of the protocol procedure.

“It isn’t known when he’ll be back, but the really positive angle is that he will play again at some point this season.

“That’s the really big positive news both for him and for us.”

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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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