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Top-tackler Bent to stay at Oldham

TACKLING-MACHINE Liam Bent, Oldham’s ‘Young Pup’ (his words), has turned down opportunities in the Championship by signing a new one-year deal to stay at the Vestacare Stadium.

Like colleagues who have also committed to Roughyeds for 2019, 21-year-old Bent had other offers but was steadfast in his loyalty to Oldham.

“I know he’s had approaches from other clubs, including at least one from the Championship,” said head coach Scott Naylor.

Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions are believed to have moved for second-row man Bent, who was the youngest player on the Roughyeds roster last season.

Six months younger than Adam Jones and 16 months the junior of Matty Wilkinson, Bent celebrated his 21st birthday only a fortnight ago.

Another distinction was to be found in his tackling stats which set him apart as top tackler in most games and therefore across the season as a whole.

Said Scott:

“He’s a tough kid who works and works and works in every game until he has nothing left.

“I would say, without hesitation, that in all my years in the game I’ve never come across anybody with an attitude to match Benty’s.

“He gives you every ounce of energy in his body and for a coach to know he has a player like that is very comforting indeed.

“From a work ethic angle alone you could do with 17 like Benty, but you are never going to get that.

“He’s an important member of the squad and we are delighted he has decided to stick with us.”

A product of Wigan St Jude’s, Bent played 17 games for Roughyeds in 2017 while on loan from Salford Red Devils and then signed an Oldham contract covering 2018 when he played 25 games and scored three tries.

He had four years at Salford after joining them as a 15-year-old and later enjoying two years as a full-time member of the senior squad.

He said:

“My heart has always been at Oldham since I first went there.

“They’ve looked after me fantastically well. I was never going anywhere. I’m happy where I am at a good club. I like the coaches and the fans and I felt I had to repay them.

“The only way I could do that was to sign a new deal and then make sure I give everything I’ve got to give next season.

“I’m proud to have a reputation as a tackler because defence can win matches, just as good attack can. I’m a big believer in strong defence.

“When we lost heavily at Bradford in the play-off I was absolutely gutted. It was an emotional game for us as well because we knew some of the lads were moving on.

“I didn’t speak for about an hour after the game was over. I just kept going over the game in my mind and asking myself: ‘What went wrong ?’

“We must make sure we don’t suffer a defeat like that again next season.

“More of the boys will be re-signing and there will be new faces too so hopefully we can have a big year.”

Roughyeds have now announced five signings — Dave Hewitt, Luke Nelmes, Danny Grimshaw, Jack Spencer and Liam Bent.


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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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