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Experience could make the difference — Scott

​HEAD coach Scott Naylor believes the signing of several experienced campaigners will not only give Roughyeds more composure in tight games next season but will enable them to be more consistent from one game to the next.

By bringing back Danny Grimshaw and recruiting Richie Hawkyard and Scott Law, Roughyeds currently have four players who are well into their 30s — the new guys plus Paul Crook, who will be doubling up in the forthcoming season as a player and as a member of the coaching team.

Of those four only front-rower Law is a recognised forward, so the back line will be significantly more street wise with the inclusion of Grimshaw, Hawkyard, Anthony Bowman and Aaron Jones-Bishop.

Of the 21 players contracted so far, other backs in contention will be Dave Hewitt, Jack Holmes, Zack McComb and Kyran Johnson.

Naylor told fans at the recent forum:

“We should be more consistent in the way we perform because of our greater experience.

“I think we’ll have a better chance of winning promotion this year.

“Last season was always a long shot with teams like Bradford Bulls and York City Knights there

“This time we have a lot more experience; more lads who have been round the game for a long time and know what they are doing.

“We lost most of our close games last season, but I expect us to do a lot better in those games this time.

“We need to do well in the Challenge Cup because we desperately need the money that good ties can generate. It’s a financial thing for clubs like ours whereas the new 1895 Cup will give us a realistic chance of going to Wembley.

“That, and promotion, will be the targets for 2019 and I’m more optimistic than last year although we’ll obviously miss forwards like Danny Langtree and Adam Neal.

“We’ve brought in some good lads as replacements (Ben Calland, Scott Law, Emmerson Whittel) and they’ll do a good job.

“I think we’ll definitely be stronger and more experienced in the backs and that should stand us in good stead.”

Scott went on to discuss dual-registration and said it looked like Roughyeds would not have that arrangement in place in 2019. Instead, he would like a squad of 24 or 25 players with a facility to make loan signings if the need arose.

A week is a long time in rugby league, however, and it has since emerged that situation could change early in the New Year.

Scott told the website:

“If it doesn’t happen we’ll have to sign more players. We’ll need dual-reg or another two or three signed on.”



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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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