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Neal stays on in key backroom role

​PROP Adam Neal may have retired as a player, but he will still have a key role to play with the Roughyeds in 2019.

The former Salford front-rower, a personal trainer in his full-time professional life outside rugby league, doubled up at Oldham last season as both player and strength and conditioning coach.

He has since signed a new one-year agreement covering strength and conditioning only.

In 2017 he suffered a fractured jaw and then in 2018 he was badly concussed — an injury that sidelined him for nearly three months.

Said Adam:

“On top of things like that I’m exceptionally busy at work and it just seems the right time to call it a day.

“I would like to thank all the backroom staff at the club for looking after me brilliantly when I was suffering from concussion.

“I missed about a dozen games all told and for four weeks during that time I had bad headaches and impaired vision.

“I could train to a certain degree, but I could only run in straight lines.

“I’m well over it now, as proven in the last game at Bradford when I took another blow to the head but without any adverse reaction.

“Nevertheless, it’s the right time to put my Oldham shirt on the peg and to concentrate on the strength and conditioning job.

“I’m looking forward to it massively.

“When I joined Oldham at the start of the 2015 promotion season I had taken a year out after leaving Salford and losing a bit of interest in the game.

“I soon got my appetite back with the Roughyeds. The people were great and it was just a good place to be.

“I know the other lads say the same sort of thing, but that’s because it’s true.

“I would have missed all that had I finished completely, but in my new role I’ll still be heavily involved at the club and with a lot of responsibility.

“A lot of the lads are good, personal friends and I really enjoy working with them and seeing them do well.”

Adam was a key member of the promotion pack, playing in 24 games in 2015.

The following year he went full-time at Sheffield Eagles, but he was back in 2017 with another 24 appearances.

Injury restricted him to 15 games last season, giving him a total of six tries in 63 Roughyeds appearances, most of them in League 1.

Said head coach Scott Naylor:

“Adam’s life outside rugby has become extremely busy and we totally understand and appreciate why he is retiring as a player.

“He’s been playing for a long time and he’s had a lot of experience at the top level.

“A bad concussion last season forced him to have a lot of time off and he’s now decided he wants to concentrate on his full-time work while still playing a key role at the club.

“That’s hugely important to us because he did a great job last season. I’m delighted he’s staying with us.He’ll certainly have the lads fit and ready to go.”



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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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