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Aaron Jones-Bishop wings in on one-year deal

​HAVING left Doncaster at the end of last season, winger Aaron Jones-Bishop has signed a one-year deal to cross the Pennines and play for Oldham.

His capture was announced at the club’s Awards Night, but the younger brother of Wakefield Trinity star Ben Jones-Bishop couldn’t be present because he flies off to Florida today (Sat) as part of the Jamaican squad for the 2021 World Cup qualifiers.

“He’s a good footballer with the pace and skills to go a long way,” said Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor, of the 28-year-old outside back, who had a season at Oxford before enjoying a three-year stay at Doncaster.

It was there last season that he scored 14 tries in 17 games, splitting his appearances between wing and centre.

Added Scott:

“It’s a good signing for us and I’m really pleased he is coming.

“If he comes with the right attitude and with the desire to represent the club and wear the shirt with pride, like the rest of the lads, I’ve no doubt he will be a very big part of the team next season.”

Born and raised in Leeds, the younger Jones-Bishop played initially for Milford where he received a serious foot injury which threatened his interest in the sport.

It was revived in his one season at Oxford before the then Donny boss Gary Thornton signed him. He had three years in South Yorkshire, the first half under Thornton, the second with Richard Horne in charge.

“I didn’t get as much game time as I would have liked because there was a lot of competition and we also had a good dual-reg partnership with Hull FC,” he said.

“When it became time to look elsewhere my agent sorted it with Oldham and now I’m really looking forward to it

“I also owe a big thanks to Jamel Chisholm, a good friend, who played at Oldham a year or two back. He told me it was a good club and to go for it, so I did.”

Aaron and Ben are both in the Jamaican squad to play in Jacksonville on November 13 and 17. It’s described as the strongest-ever squad, which includes also Ashton Golding of Leeds Rhinos and Mo Agoro of Newcastle Thunder.

Glenn Morrison has been drafted in as manager and Jermaine Coleman as assistant coach.

More Oldham signings will be announced next week.

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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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