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Teenager Kershaw wings in on season-long loan

​AND now it’s official.

Oldham have confirmed that teenage winger Lee Kershaw will be back at the Vestacare Stadium soon on a season-long loan from Wakefield Trinity.

The 19-year-old scored 11 tries in 20 games while here on comparatively short loan agreements last season and coach Scott Naylor is delighted he’ll be back.

“This is, without doubt, one of the most important deals we’ve managed to pull off,”

said Naylor, adding that Kershaw finished the 2018 campaign among the top three Oldham players.

Tough, rugged, elusive and exceptionally strong for a 19-year-old, Kershaw is already a fans’ favourite at Oldham and he will be keen to impress further in 2019 in order to enhance his chances of earning a new contract at Wakefield.

“I’ll be 20 next May and that’s scary,”

said Bradford-born Lee, who described his first taste of senior open-age rugby last season as ‘a great experience.'”

He added:

“Some teams were tougher opponents than others, but there are a lot of good players in League 1 and, ‘overall’ the standard is a lot better than what I was used to in under-19s rugby.

“I’ve had a lot of good people around me and I would like to think we are one of the better teams in that division.

“The target next season, as always, will be promotion. We don’t want to hang around too long in this division.We deserve to be up.

“The lowlight last season was defeat by Keighley Cougars at their place on a Friday night. We were poor that night, but we showed what we could do when we beat Whitehaven at home not long afterwards.

“We didn’t make mistakes and that made all the difference.

“I’m still only a young bloke and I like to think I’ve got a bit to look forward to in the sport as I get a bit older.”

Lee’s short-term ambition is to win a new contract at Wakefield; to help Oldham to promotion; and, in so doing, to get as much experience as he possibly can.

Long-term he wants to earn a regular place in the Trinity senior side.

He added:

“I’m a much better player now than when I arrived at Oldham, especially in defence.

“I’ve learned a lot in a short space of time and I’ve a lot of people at Oldham to thank for that, obviously Scott but also Pete Carey, Crooky and the rest of the lads on the field.

“If I ever do anything wrong the other lads rally round and are always very supportive.”

Giving the club’s view on Kershaw and his commitment for the full season, Naylor said: “He was very young and very raw when he first arrived but he got better and better as the season progressed and by the end he was in our top three.

“It’s incredible to think he’s still only 19.

“Hopefully, he’ll be with us for the full season but if he were to be recalled to get a bit of game time in Super League he would go with our blessing and our best wishes.

“I can only see him getting better and eventually going a long way in the game.

“To have him with us for another year was the right decision by all the people concerned, not least the lad himself, because he’s still very young and learning all the time.”

Naylor now has 22 players at his disposal . . . and counting !

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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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