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Thunder name 21-man squad

NEWCASTLE Thunder have named a 21-man squad for Sunday’s game at the Vestacare Stadium.

It includes former Oldham winger Mo Agoro, new signings Misi Taulupapa and Keal Carlile from Featherstone, French international half-back Remi Marginet and unde-19s academy player Alex Donaghy, who had a storming game in a 16-6 win over Wakefield Trinity a fortnight ago.

Squad: Mo Agoro, Harry Aldous, Jack Aldous, Jarod Blanke, Joe Brown, Keal Carlile, Rhys Clarke, Alex Clegg, Tyler Craig, Alex Donaghy, Conor Fitzsimmons, Sam Luckley, Remi Marginet, Liam McAvoy, Aaron Ollett, Liam Richmond, Alex Rowe, Niall Sidney, Evan Simons, Misi Taulupapa, Lewis Young.

Full-back Lewis, a hot property on Tyneside, said:

“Oldham have had some good pre-season results so we know we’re in for a tough game.

“It will be a good test for us to see where we are at as a team and hopefully make it two from two.”

Said to be one of the most exciting talents in League 1, Young will be a key figure in his fourth season with Thunder.

<img loading=“lazy” alt="" class=“alignright style=“max-width: 100%; margin-bottom: 15px;” size-fp-post wp-image-37636” srcset=“https://s3.wasabisys.com/roughyeds/uploads/2019/01/lewisyoung-300x0-c-default.jpg 300w, https://s3.wasabisys.com/roughyeds/uploads/2019/01/lewisyoung-450x0-c-default.jpg 450w, https://s3.wasabisys.com/roughyeds/uploads/2019/01/lewisyoung-600x0-c-default.jpg 600w” sizes="(min-width: 32rem) 300px, 100vw" src=“data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAADs=” width=“600” alt="" />He signed in 2016 after impressing Thunder coaches in training and in his games for Team Northumbria and, three seasons on, he is an in-demand player whom Thunder have had to work hard to keep him in the North-East.

A former junior at Redhill ARLFC in his home town of Castleford, Young honed his skills at Castleford Panthers and Featherstone Lions before moving to the North-East to study at Northumbria University.

Since then he has played half-back, centre and in his preferred position as full-back.

He’s scored 43 tries in 64 games for Thunder, picking up 19 man-of-the-match awards and proving clearly that he’s at the heartbeat of Thunder rugby.

Covered Pitch

Snow and ice on the pitch and in the environs of the Vestacare Stadium has caused the cancellation of Oldham’s training session tonight for the second time this week.

The coaching staff are hoping everyone will be fit apart from stand-off Paul Crook.

Hopefully, temperatures will rise in the next 72 hours or so to allow Oldham’s fourth and final pre-season warm-up game to go ahead.

Admission prices have been slashed to £10 adults, £8 concessions and free for under-16s with a paying adult. Transfer to seats will be £2.



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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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