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Naylor praise for youngster’s commitment

HEAD coach Scott Naylor has praised the work in pre-season training of local lad Harry Maders, who has been actively involved with the Oldham squad for the past few weeks.

A third generation Roughyed — his father and grandfather both played for Oldham — Harry accepted an invitation to train with his home-town club in pre-season, as he did also last year.

He was one of five trialists who played in last year’s warm-up game at Barrow.

Three from NCL premier division side Siddal were ultimately signed, but of those three only centre Zack McComb has been taken on for a second season.

Maders, a young utility back who was once in the Huddersfield Giants academy, went back to his amateur club Waterhead where he enjoyed a good season.

Lauding his close-season commitment to the cause, Naylor said of the youngster:

“He’s filled out a bit since last year and put on a bit of weight.

“He’s again trained really well and worked very hard indeed. His commitment can’t be faulted. He’s been great.”

He wasn’t offered terms last year because at that stage Naylor felt he couldn’t offer him enough game time and he didn’t want to sign him only to have him watching from the stand which would have done neither club nor player any favours.

Harry Maders (left) at Barrow in 2018

What the future holds for Maders a year down the track is still unknown, but Naylor makes no secret of his admiration of the youngster’s commitment and desire and his own need for at least two more players.

He told League Express:

“We’re looking for two or three more. There aren’t many left available to sign so taking someone on loan will probably be the easiest route to get people in.

“At the moment everyone is training with their own clubs but once the season has started you tend to get one or two lads looking for game time and then it’s a bit easier to bring them in.

“By the end of March we should have a squad of 24 or 25 that we can work with for the rest of the season.”

More immediately, Naylor looks like having to go to Barrow without a few of the senior men who will be expected to figure prominently during the season.

New-boy Emerson Whittel is away this weekend and therefore unavailable, something Naylor and the club have been aware of for some time.

Danny Grimshaw is having rehab for a pulled hamstring and Ben Davies (calf) is said to be coming back from rehab.

On top of that Danny Bridge is out until the end of April because of suspension and Paul Crook has been told he is carrying a broken toe from the back end of last season.

Said Naylor:

“It could be another month before he plays. Apparently, an x-ray missed it originally, but he has now had another and the damage has been confirmed.

“So we’ve a few early issues, but generally speaking the whole of pre-season has been great.

“They’re not major concerns. Within three or four weeks they could all be resolved and by the start of the season proper we should have most people fit and available.

“In the meantime we’ve got four very tough pre-season games to play on successive Sundays so that will be a challenge and it was always a challenge that I wanted to prepare us for those coming up when the League 1 season starts.”

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

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