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Town grab Sam Wood in new dual-reg link

YOUNG Huddersfield Giants centre Sam Wood, who played 13 games on dual-reg for Oldham in the Championship seasons of 2016 and 2017, is in Workington Town’s 19-man squad for Sunday’s clash with Roughyeds at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm).

The 21-year-old, who has recently signed a new three-year deal with the Giants, is expected to go straight into the Town side in place of centre Perry Singleton, who damaged a groin in last week’s 60-12 win over Hemel Stags.

He is the first player to join the Cumbrians following their new dual-reg agreement with Huddersfield which started this week and will run to the end of the season.

They already have a similar agreement with Leigh Centurions, who have recalled in-form forward Jack Blagbrough from his successful stint at Derwent Park because of their own problems caused by injury and suspension.

It was the loss of Blagbrough — another player who has been at Oldham on dual-reg in the past — plus injuries to Singleton, Gordon Maudling, Scott Akehurst and Caine Barnes that caused Town to move quickly in sorting out the new partnership with Giants.

Head coach Leon Pryce told the club’s website:

“We’re disappointed (to lose Blagbrough) because he’s been going really well for us.

“We’re at a key time of the season with tough matches coming up so being able to call on a wider playing group is welcome as we push for the top end of the table.”

For the fourth game in a row Oldham will be ploughing a lone furrow with no dual-reg men involved despite having a handful of senior forwards currently out through injury.

Workington’s 19-man squad is: Oliver Wilkes (capt), Jamie Doran (vice-capt), Sam Forrester, Kurt Mauldling, Elliot Miller, Tom Curwen, Stevie Scholey, Karl Olstrom, John
Patrick, Andrew Dawson, Fuifui Moimoi, Joe Hambley, Sam Wood, Carl Forber, Sean Penkywicz, Jake Moore, James Newton, Scott Rooke, Ben Morris.

Fifteen of them played against Hemel last week, the exceptions being Forrester, Curwen, Wood and Morris, the Welsh international centre or second-row who has joined Town on loan from St Helens.

Like Wood, Morris has also played a few games for Roughyeds on loan.

Roughyeds are the only League 1 side to have won at Derwent Park this season — 32-10 at the end of April — so the fifth-placed visitors will be determined to show that they are much better than that.



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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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