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Holmes aiming for promotion hat-trick.

JACK Holmes will be striving for a third promotion in five years when a much-changed Oldham squad kicks off its Betfred League 1 campaign in 2019.

After appearing in 17 of the Roughyeds 30 games in all competitions last season, centre Holmes has signed a new one-year deal with the intention of getting more games under his belt in the battles that lie ahead.

“I like playing for Oldham, and I like the lads but I felt we didn’t do ourselves justice last season,” said the 24-year-old IT engineer who is in his second spell at what is now named the Vestacare Stadium.

He sampled promotion celebrations with Oldham in 2015 and again with Rochdale Hornets in 2016 and he would love nothing better than to make it a promotion hat-trick in 2019.

Added Holmes:

“We aimed to go up last season and we didn’t get there so we’ll be going all out to make amends in the coming campaign.

“That’s the intention of all the lads who are staying and I know the new boys will buy into it too.

“On a personal note I aimed for more game time than I actually got so I’ll be pushing to keep a starting spot at centre.

“The new signings are going to improve us and freshen up the group . They’ll bring new ideas and new plays and that can only make us better.”

Holmes, Zack McComb and Matt Reid, who has gone to North Wales Crusaders, were in competition for the centre places in 2018 and they were relatively evenly allocated with Reid making 22 appearances, McComb 18 and Holmes 17.

Said coach Scott Naylor:

“We needed to freshen up the backs, but there were also lads in there who we were keen to keep and Jack definitely came into that category.

“He left us to go to Rochdale in 2016, but he was very happy to come back which is always a good sign.

“He’s played in this division for several years and he’s got a lot of experience. He can play centre or wing, which gives us options, and he’s a lad you can always rely on.”

In 53 games for Roughyeds, spread either side of his season-and-a-half at Rochdale, Holmes has scored an impressive 26 tries, the equivalent of one every other game.

He scored 15 in 22 in the 2015 promotion year; 5 in 14 in the 2016 Championship season (before heading off to Rochdale); and 6 in 17 in the season that’s just ended.

He was also on the scoresheet for Rochdale, as was Paul Crook with four goals from five shots, when Hornets stunned the whole of Rugby League with a 24-22 win at Toulouse Olympique in the 2016 Promotion Final.

A year later he was back at Roughyeds and he won’t rest until he has helped Scott and the boys back into the Championship for the second time, rekindling memories of that never-to-be-forgotten day in 2015.

Season Tickets

The office inside the Vestacare Stadium will be open for the sale of season tickets between 10am and 3pm today (Wed) and between the same times on Friday (payment by cash or cheque only).

You can also purchase via the club online store or by post (cheque payable to ORLFC) to Oldham RLFC, Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Limehurst Village, Oldham OL8 3JH.



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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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