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Dual-reg change of direction

OLDHAM have pulled out of their dual-reg partnership with Salford Red Devils and have entered into a new one with Leigh Centurions.

The new link-up starts with immediate affect and will run to the end of the season.

Roughyeds, hit by injury, have confirmed that two Leigh players will be available to them for Sunday’s visit of West Wales Raiders to the Vestacare Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

Said head coach Scott Naylor: “Because of the injuries we’ve picked up over the last two or three weeks and the lack of players available to us from Salford it made sense to look elsewhere.

“We knew Leigh were available so we moved quickly to set up a partnership with them.

“They’re local, with a quality team and a big squad that has a nice blend of youth and experience.

“Also, their squad is run by two lads I know well, Kieran Purtill and Kieron Cunningham.

“It suits Leigh as well because their lads who are not getting a game can play for us. That’s what dual-reg is all abut. It’s supposed to benefit both parties.”

It’s been four or five games since Naylor last had the benefit of reinforcements from Salford, but he’ll have them immediately from Leigh.

Phil Joy, Kenny Hughes, Danny Langtree and Adam Neal are ruled out on Sunday and there are doubts about Danny Bridge and Matty Wilkinson, who are going through head-injury protocol.

Final decisions will be made tomorrow (Sat).

In the West Wales side, probably at full-back, will be former Roughyeds fan Phil Cowburn, who lived locally as a boy and watched Oldham home and away, often as a ball-boy at home games.

His father George, still a keen Roughyeds supporter, writes a regular column in Roughyed Review, the club’s match-day programme.

Said George: “Phil was brought up on Oldham Rugby, but as he got older his studies took him to Gloucester and now he’s settled down there.”

He played five years for Gloucester; the only player to top 100 games for the club and enjoying the distinction of playing in their first and last games.

He has since been playing rugby union for Lydney RU Club in the Forest of Dean, but when their winter season finished in the Spring he signed for West Wales.

“It’s always a special day for him when he comes back up here to play against Oldham,”

added George.

It will be a big day for the Cowburns too because Phil will have six family members shouting for him from the Vestacare stand , headed by his parents, George and April, who live at Thornham.

Though still without a win this season, Raiders have caused a few ripples with the appointment, from 2019, of former Melbourne Storm high performance manager Kim Williams as head coach.

Williams, who has coached Queensland Cup sides Mackay Cutters and Central Queensland Capras, has Welsh roots and is due to arrive in Llanelli soon after the end of this season.

Said club chairman Andrew Thorne:

“This is a statement for the game in Wales as a whole.

“He’ll be here full time on a two-year contract and it’s part of a five-year strategy we have to grow as a club.”


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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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