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​EXPERIENCED prop Ben Davies will be back at Oldham for a third season after signing a new one-year contract.

Davies (29) made 37 Super League appearances earlier in his career, but he joined Roughyeds from Whitehaven for the start of the 2017 Championship season.

He played 20 games for Scott Naylor’s men in his first season — a campaign in which Roughyeds were ripped apart by a shocking injury pile-up and paid the ultimate price by getting relegated.

In League 1 last season he was restricted to a dozen games, mainly because of a back problem that caused him to miss the early part of the season.

Said Scott:

“He missed a lot of pre-season work because of a back problem, which our physiotherapists have now sorted out.

“His vast experience is of great value to the team and you can see that from the way he plays.

“He’s a tough lad; he knows the game inside out; and he carries the ball superbly, as you would expect from a player who has played for so long at a high level.

“We need his experience and his know-how and it’s great that he is staying with us for 2019.”

For the record, most of Davies’s Super League appearances were for Widnes Vikings, bur he also played at the top level for Wigan and Castleford.

His new deal means Roughyeds have now signed ten players for 2019 — Hewitt, Crook, Grimshaw and Hawkyard in the backs and Nelmes, Wilkinson, Calland, Spencer, Bent and Davies in the forwards.



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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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