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Town sign tough-guy Hopkins

​AHEAD of their opening game in Betfred League 1 against Oldham at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, February 17, Workington Town have signed another big-name forward in Welsh international prop Sam Hopkins.

The 28-year-old former Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack front-rower joins a Town pack that already includes Oliver Wilkes, Fuifui Moimoi and much-travelled Danny Tickle as well as several local Cumbrian lads who are no lightweights themselves.

Town claim on their website that Hopkins is renowned for his aggression and his toughness and that he will join “an already formidable pack .”

If the big names all play they will also field a hugely-experienced, if ageing, pack of forwards which includes Moimoi at 39; Wilkes at 38; Tickle at 35; and new man Hopkins, who will celebrate his 29th birthday on the day of the game.

Town director Barry White was reported thus on his club’s website:

“We are looking forward to Sam joining a Town pack that should be up with the best in the league.

“It’s a tough league and we want to get out of it.

“We’ll need the size and aggression that Sam and the others give us to compete with other teams that have recruited strongly.

“Our big guys should lay a great platform for our talented squad to play off and we can’t wait to get started at Oldham.”

The feeling is mutual. It should be a humdinger of a game so get down to the Vestacare Stadium in a few days’ time and sample Betfred League 1 at close quarters.



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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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