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Nelmes signs new deal to stay at the Vestacare

LUKE Nelmes, a fans’ favourite prop, has signed a new one-year deal to spend a second season at Oldham where he made 27 appearances out of a possible 30 in 2018.

The proud Yorkshireman (25) becomes the second player to commit to Roughyeds for 2019, following the lead set by scrum-half Dave Hewitt.

Standing 6ft2in and tipping the scales at 115 kgs, the former Halifax front-rower was Oldham’s heaviest forward in last year’s Betfred League 1 campaign compared with Phil Joy (111 kgs), Adam Neal (102), Danny Bridge (101), Ben Davies (100) and Craig Briscoe (100).

As an impact prop coming off the bench, he didn’t make a single start, but by missing only three games all season he underlined his durability and consistency with a similar record to that of his fellow prop Joy, who made 27 starts compared with Nelmes’s 27 replacements.

Each made more appearances than any other forward, beaten only by half-backs Paul Crook and Hewitt with 28 apiece.

In a season highlighted by a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win at Halifax; two league wins in Cumbria; a run of eight league wins in a row between mid-April and mid-June; and defensive stats that were third best in the division, Nelmes built a reputation as a tough, tackle-busting prop who regularly made the hard yards.

On the debit side, Roughyeds lacked consistency in the second half of the season; lost several close games they should have won; and ended the campaign with four players ruled out of the play-off test at Bradford because of suspension, Nelmes being one of them.

He said:

“We didn’t achieve our objective, promotion, but to be fair I was one of about a dozen new players at the club last season and when there are so many new faces it’s bound to take time to gel.

“Despite finishing lower than we should have done, fifth, I’m happy to sign a new one-year deal and to get it done.

“I know where I’ll be playing now in 2019 and I’m already looking forward to pre-season training and to getting fit again after a few weeks off.

“We’ll be back in during the second week in November so it’s not long to wait.

“I really enjoyed my first season at Oldham and to play in 27 games out of 30 was a big thing for me and a lot more rugby than I got in my time at Halifax.

“With the odd exception, most of our ten league defeats were very close and it could easily have been so different for us.

“Hopefully we can put that right next year.”

With Hewitt and Nelmes leading the way, more signings are expected over the course of the next few days.



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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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