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Jack Spencer signs for a fourth season

OLDHAM RLFC is delighted to announce the signing for a fourth season of one of our most experienced forwards in former Barrow and Halifax prop Jack Spencer.

Jack, aged 27, has also played at a highly-competitive standard in both Australia and France.

He has signed a new one-year deal to take him into a fourth season in the Roughyeds jersey, having played in the two Championship years of 2016 and 2017 and then last season in Betfred League 1.

He made his Oldham debut against London Broncos on February 7, 2016 and went on to make 20 appearances that season, 12 of them in the Championship and more in the end-of-season Shield tournament.

In his second season with the club, 2017, he played 24 times, again including Shield outings.

In the season just ended he figured in all but four of the Roughyeds 30 games in all competitions, giving him a total number of 70 Oldham games to date.

In most of them he has been at prop, but he is no stranger either to second-row or loose.

For three seasons before Jack’s arrival at the club, his dad Lee — better known as ‘Spanner’ — Spencer was head coach Scott Naylor’s right-hand man.

‘Spanner’ continued as a key member of the backroom team after Jack became an Oldham player, but he eventually left the club and left the sport although he is frequently a spectator at Roughyeds’ home games.

Said head coach Scott:

“Jack is one of our most experienced lads and, having lost Danny Langtree, it was important we kept people like Jack for a number of reasons.

“Having his dad working here on the coaching staff for several years meant that he knows this place and this club inside out and back to front.

“He’s been a top lad for us since the day he first walked through the doors and I can’t stress too much how vital it is to have his experience, not just in a game situation but also on the training pitch and in the dressing room.

“It’s great news that he is staying.”

​Jack said:

“I’m very happy to sign on again and one of the big reasons for my decision was a desire to succeed where we failed last season and to see us back where I feel we belong in the Championship.

“Our goal last season was promotion and we didn’t get there so it has to be classed as a disappointing year.

“With the squad we had we should have been up there with York and Bradford, but we lost a few games by a few points — games we should and could have won — and in the end those losses cost us.

“Next season our goal will be just the same — promotion.

“I think there’s still a bit of uncertainty about the number of games we’ll be playing overall but whatever the format we need to be better than we were last time.

“I’m sure more of the lads will be signing again and hopefully there will some new ones as well.

“Nobby (Scott Naylor) and Pete Carey will be with us again so I’m happy that we’ll be set-up strong enough to reach our goal in 2019.”

Spencer, who was sponsored last season by Graeme Lee of High Crompton, becomes the fourth player to sign a new contract for next year, following scrum-half Dave Hewitt, prop Luke Nelmes and utility back Danny Grimshaw.

More signings are expected to be announced over the course of the next few days.

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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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