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Crook joins coaching staff in twin role

​PAUL Crook has joined Oldham’s coaching staff in a new dual role that will see him registered as a player while also working alongside head coach Scott Naylor and his No 2 Pete Carey.

Stand-off Crook (32), PE teacher and a head-of-year at a St Helens secondary school, sees his transition from player to coach to be a natural one although he isn’t ready yet to hang up his boots.

He’s signed a one-year player-coach contract with an option for a second year — an agreement which he says is “a two-year deal to all intents and purposes.”

Like many of his Roughyeds colleagues, he opted to stay at Oldham despite overtures from elsewhere, including a move by Rochdale where, in a seven-year stay, he rattled up 1,499 points to set a club record that had remained intact since 1934.

He said:

“For a while now I’ve been thinking about coaching when I finish playing.

“The opportunity I was offered by Chris (club chairman Chris Hamilton) and Scott (head coach Scott Naylor) to play AND have some coaching input and responsibility at the same time dovetailed nicely with my plans for the future.

“I had a couple of other options, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first season at Oldham and that was just one of a few reasons why I signed to stay.

“To be honest we were all disappointed with where we finished last season and I didn’t want to leave on that note.

“I wanted to be part of a squad and a club that would redeem itself in 2019 and put right last season’s wrongs.

“Another big factor was the opportunity to get into coaching and to work alongside men of the calibre of Scott and Pete. That was a massive factor.

“I like the idea of having an input, seeing what I can do and testing whether coaching really is something for me.”

Last season he and his half-back partner Dave Hewitt each figured in 28 out of 30 games, more than any other player.

Said Scott:

“Paul had offers from other clubs, including the Championship, but his experience on and off the field is invaluable and that was very important to us.
“He was keen to get on the coaching ladder so he will be doing coaching alongside Peter and me while continuing to play.

“It’s a good chance for him to get into coaching and hopefully it will be the start of a new chapter in his rugby career and one that will see him coaching for years to come and getting as much enjoyment out of it as we do.

“He will still be an important member of the squad but I’ve no doubt he will have his own opinions about training and coaching.

“On the occasions he isn’t playing it will be good to have a different voice in the dressing room and on the training pitch.”


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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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