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Titus happy to stay for full season

​TITUS Gwaze, the 19-year-old prop from Zimbabwe, has agreed to stay at Oldham on loan for the full season.

His original loan deal from Wakefield Trinity was for one month but after playing in each of the Roughyeds’ four games since his arrival at the Vestacare Stadium the youngster had no hesitation in committing to a long stay once the clubs had agreed.

“I’m getting hit by men for the first time,” said the teenager. “At my age it took some getting used to at first, but I’m getting there. I like to think I’m doing okay,

“It was a big step-up from age-group rugby, but I’m enjoying it 100 per cent. Everyone at the club has been nice to me and the other lads have made it easy for me to settle in.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and seeing what we can achieve.”

Bearing his youth in mind, he has a big reputation for having the strength, stamina and ‘engine’ to put in long spells up the middle where the battle is usually at its fiercest.

“He’s got better with every game,” said head coach Scott Naylor. “People need to realise how young he is and what position he is playing. It’s tough for a young lad to be playing in the front-row.

“He’s good in training and good to work with and as time goes on he will be strong enough to play a lot of minutes in a lot of games.”

Dave Hewitt, meanwhile, tops the Betfred League 1 charts for most points and most goals after three games.

His 14 goals and 36 points give him a narrow lead in both sections over Newcastle Thunder’s Liam Finn (now with Dewsbury Rams).

Hunslet’s Gareth Potts tops the try chart with four and then come ten players on three including Roughyeds duo Zack McComb and Ritchie Hawkyard.


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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.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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