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Zack will go from strength to strength — Naylor

​SCOTT Naylor is confident in his belief that centre Zack McComb will become a leading light in the Roughyeds camp in the not-too-distant future.

He has rewarded the 23-year-old Yorkshireman with another one-year contract after his impressive debut season in Betfred League 1 in which he scored 11 tries in 18 appearances.

Stepping up from NCL premier division side Siddal, McComb did more than enough to convince Naylor that he made the right decision in signing him up nearly a year ago after a full pre-season and then trials in warm-up games against Barrow and Keighley.

With a full season behind him, and no longer one of the new boys, Halifax-based McComb is now looking forward to making an even bigger impression in 2019.

“Last season was a big learning curve. I learned a lot. It’s a big step-up from the community game, but I think I did okay and now I need to kick-on,” he said.

“It’s going to be a big year for the team — and for me personally.”

McComb spent five years at Huddersfield Giants in his youth, followed by a season at Batley Bulldogs, who sent him out on loan to Oxford and Gloucester All Golds.

He was back at Siddal though when he decided to have another crack at making it as a part-time pro.

He added:

“There were a few things about my game that I can put right in 2019 and I’ll be striving hard to do that.

“As a squad we had a few narrow defeats and a few setbacks with injuries, but that’s no excuse — we need to do better.

“It was good to score 11 tries, but I would have liked to get a few more and, in any case, it’s more important to count up the number of good performances you put in rather than the number of tries you get.

“I was competing with Matty Reid and Jack Holmes for the centre spots and I was happy to get a good number of games.

“In between there were a few times when Scott would stand me down and ask me to watch and learn. That was useful. I was glad though to be back for the last game of the season at Bradford.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice but on a personal note I felt I had kicked on a bit just to be there in a game like that.

“And I’m made up to be back at Oldham for another year.”

Naylor said:

“Zack got better as the season went on.

“At a new club and with new people he needed a bit of time to settle in but when he got used to the expectations of the club, of me and of Pete Carey (assistant coach) he did really well.

“I would leave him out now and again to give him a chance to look at things from the sidelines, but he handled that well and he was very professional in everything he did all season.

“There were times when he was our best back and I’ve no doubt that in time he will become a top player for us.

“He is a young lad who is keen to learn. He isn’t afraid to ask questions in a bid to improve himself and that’s half the battle.

“I am absolutely certain he will go from strength to strength.”

Chairman Chris Hamilton and Naylor, in tandem, are working hard behind the scenes to build what they believe will be a winning squad and one of which supporters can be proud.

More signings are expected next week but in the current financial climate, in which some clubs are firing distress signals, it is imperative that as many fans as possible consider buying season tickets before discounted offers end on December 14.


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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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