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Calland jnr excited by move to Oldham

​OLDHAM have signed a young second-rower who will have the unenviable task of replacing Hull FC-bound Danny Langtree.

Ben Calland (22) has signed a one-year agreement, thus linking up with good friends Liam Bent and Matty Wilkinson, with whom he played in a Salford Red Devils academy side which Bent captained.

“Benty and I are big mates and I know Matty well too,” said Calland, younger brother of Matt, well known locally for his connections with Mayfield and Hopwood Hall and previously with Rochdale Hornets and St Anne’s, while better known further afield as a former centre with Bradford Bulls and Featherstone Rovers.

As a much younger sibling it was perhaps no surprise that Ben surrendered a promising future in judo to follow big brother into rugby league.

He started as a small boy with Haydock Warriors and then Blackbrook, the St Helens community club that has a phenomenal reputation for producing top-line professionals, before graduating to scholarship schemes at Saints and Wigan and then signing for Salford.

He had two years at Salford, having signed when he was 18, and then had a season in Australia playing for Corrimal Cougars, a Country club based in the Illawarra region of New South Wales.

It was while he was Down Under that the Aussies switched him from centre to second-row — the spot he now prefers and the spot where Scott Naylor plans to use him.

Said Scott:

“He came back from Australia and signed for Newcastle Thunder but for whatever reason things didn’t work out for him up there.

“As a Wigan lad he knows the game inside out. He’s a big lad too. He sees his move to us as a fresh start and I’m looking forward to working with him. He is really keen to come to us.

“He can play centre or second-row but I see him as a second-row and I’ll be looking to him to fill the gap left by Danny Langtree’s departure.”

Calland, who’s hoping to qualify soon as a primary school PE teacher, stands 6ft2in tall and weighs in at 102 kg, heavier than every Oldham forward last season apart from props Phil Joy (111kg) and Luke Nelmes (115 kg).

He said:

“I’m excited by the prospect of being coached by Scott, who has been to the top, done it all himself and knows what it’s all about.

“As a centre, he’ll be very intricate and I like that; I like playing chess-board rugby where a lot of thinking goes into it.”

Awards Night and Season Tickets

A REMINDER that Anne Kearns (07811 988 426) will be in the Roughyeds office at the Vestacare Stadium on Wednesday and Friday this week between 10am and 3pm to sell season tickets and Awards Night tickets, priced at £12.50.

The Awards Night, this Friday starting at 7pm, promises to be a great occasion in which players and fans can meet together and enjoy a relaxed out-of-season event .



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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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