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Kenny Hughes goes to Crusaders

THE Roughyeds’ career of long-serving Kenny Hughes, one of our three hookers, has come to an end.

A close friend of his Oldham team mate and one-time fellow St Helens junior Danny Langtree, who is moving on to Super League club Hull FC, Kenny has signed a one-year deal with North Wales Crusaders.

He becomes the Crusaders’ second capture from the Vestacare Stadium, following that of centre Matt Reid. Like ‘Langers’, Hughes has spent eight years at Oldham, the first two of them in the highly-successful Roughyeds reserve team of 2011 and 2012.

He made his senior debut against Rochdale Hornets in March, 2013, shortly after the arrival at the club of Scott Naylor as head coach He went on to become a key member of the Roughyeds’ pack, scoring 29 tries in 138 appearances despite spending most of his time at the club in a triumvirate of dummy-half men, formed initially by Adam Files, Gareth Owen and Hughes and, more recently, by club captain Owen, Hughes and Matty Wilkinson.

Significantly, perhaps, 28-year-old Kenny made only 15 appearances out of a possible 30 last season, compared with Owen’s 24 and 22-year-old Wilkinson’s 25.

Crusaders boss Anthony Murray said:

“Kenny is a quality addition to what is becoming a very solid squad. I have no doubt he will fit in really well with everyone else here.”

Three members of last year’s squad have now moved on (Langtree, Reid, Hughes) and three have signed, namely half-back Dave Hewitt, prop Luke Nelmes, both of whom were here last season, and utility back Danny Grimshaw, who was here in 2016 and 2017 and is coming back after a year at Hunslet.

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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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