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Bridge: I was never going anywhere else

​DANNY Bridge will be proud to drag an Oldham jersey over his head again when his nine-month ban ends in late April.

The big second-row forward, suspended last July when he pleaded guilty to a grade F charge arising from contact with referee Cameron Worsley in a match at Keighley Cougars, has signed a new one-year deal to stay with the Roughyeds.

He said:

“The club stuck by me when I was at an all-time low so all things being equal I was never going to go anywhere else.

“I made a big mistake in the heat of the moment and let down the club, the lads, the coaching staff and the fans so my intention was always to get back into the side as quickly as possible to make up for lost time and to put the awful events of the past few months behind me.

“I’ll miss the first couple of months of the season, but I can’t wait to get back.”

Bridge (25), younger brother of former Bradford and Warrington centre star Chris Bridge, had scored ten tries in 20 appearances and was in great form until he mistakenly thought the referee was a Keighley player in that ill-fated Roughyeds performance at Cougar Park.

He was fined £75 and banned for nine months, after which the club issued a statement in which chairman, coach and player apologised publicly and said they accepted the disciplinary procedure and ultimate verdict.

Bridge, who has never been sent off in his entire career, said on social media he thought he had made contact with an opponent.

“I made a massive mistake,” he added. “I was ready to accept whatever punishment I received.”

Coach Scott Naylor said he was thrilled to re-sign Bridge who, until his ban, formed a lethal second-row partnership with Danny Langtree, who has now moved on to join Hull FC.

He added:

“After losing ‘Langers’ it was absolutely imperative that we kept hold of Danny Bridge.

“In the first half of the season he was right up there with ‘Langers’ at the top of the Roughyeds tree.

“It was a huge loss when he was banned.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that he will again be one of our best players in 2019.

“He’s top quality — and to keep hold of him is a massive signing for club, squad and team.”



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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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