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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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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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