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Kyran’s two-year deal as squad building continues

BY asking for, and getting, a two-year deal to stay at Oldham until the end of the 2020 season, utility back Kyran Johnson has followed the lead set by scrum-half David Hewitt and, effectively, stand-off Paul Crook.

Crook, who will be doubling up for the first time as player and trainee coach, has a one-year deal with a one-year option.

Said pacy Johnson, who can play full-back or wing:

“I enjoyed my first season at Oldham so I thought: ‘Why not make it a two-year agreement and stay around for as long as possible ?”

He had other offers from both Championship and League 1 clubs but, far from relishing that, he said it had given him a headache because he was wrestling with what they had to say while all the time wanting to stay put at the Vestacare Stadium.

After putting pen to paper on Oldham’s new deal, he added:

“I’m made up. Really happy. I can relax now and start to think about the new season.

“I’m a Yorkshire lad and I had only ever played previously for Featherstone, but last season everybody at Oldham made me and my family as welcome as anybody could possibly do. Oldham became my second home and for a Yorkshire lad to say that, it really means something.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the field and pushing for promotion.

“I turned down Championship offers, but I hope to be there in 2020, playing for Roughyeds against the clubs that approached me.”

Johnson (24) scored five tries in 16 appearances last season but he was unlucky with injuries and would have had more game time had he not been sidelined.

As a Normanton warehouse worker on the night shift, he goes straight to work from Tuesday and Thursday night training in Oldham.

On Saturday morning he dashes straight off the night shift to drive the 40 or so miles to Oldham for the regular Captain’s Run.

Said coach Scott Naylor:

“It was important that we kept hold of Kyran.

“Luke Hooley won’t be with us next season, but Richie Hawkyard and Kyran are a couple of lads who can play both full-back and at least one other position.

“Kyran was unlucky last season. He’d just got going and was looking good when he picked up an injury which set him back.

“After a good pre-season I expect him to start as he finished.

“It’s good to have a few backs who can play two or more positions and Kyran clearly fits into that category.

“It provides options which is want I want as coach.”



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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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