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Breaking news: ‘Langers’ back on new deal

​DANNY Langtree is back at Oldham on a new contract to November, 2020 or, in playing terms, to the end of NEXT season.

The big news was announced by the club at noon today (Thurs) and fans’ favourite ‘Langers’ will be back training at the Vestacare Stadium tonight in preparation for the Good Friday home clash with Betfred League 1 leaders Hunslet.

​He left to join Super League club Hull FC on a two-year contract at the end of last season, but things didn’t work out for him as he had hoped. He got his release and there then followed a rush of clubs to sign him, Oldham fighting off fierce competition to bring him ‘home’ to the Vestacare.

Said an ‘ecstatic’ head coach Scott Naylor:

“Danny had a number of clubs contacting him and offering him good money.

“It isn’t easy to bring in a player of Danny’s quality at this time of year, but Chris (club chairman Chris Hamilton) deserve a lot of credit for making the funds available.

“It’s hard to find extra money in the budget so long into the season, but Chris has done it and I’m absolutely delighted. It’s grerat news for the club and fantastic news for the team and the squad.

“It’s all tinged with a little bit of disappointment for Danny that things didn’t work out for him at Hull but you need to be happy at whatever level you’re playing at and I think it’s obvious that Danny has always been happy at Oldham.

“He was hoping to get more of a chance at Hull but it work out like that so he decided to seek his release and come back to Oldham.

“I think it says a lot about the club and the environment that he should be happy to come back to a club where he has already spent quite a few years.

“As I say, Chris deserves huge credit for this. It’s fantastic news for the club and when you consider that Danny Bridge will soon be back from suspension it will be like signing two new players of real quality and experience.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic.”

Langtree is really looking forward to turning back the clock tonight and finding himself in a familiar routine — getting in a car in St Helens and driving to Oldham for training. He’s done it once or twice before!

He said:

“Firstly, I would like to thank Hull for signing me in the first place and showing such an interest in me. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season.

“It’s hard to explain why things didn’t work out for me there. For one thing, I found it was a big upheaval. At the age of 28 I want and need to be playing every week and I wasn’t getting that at Hull.

“I’m back living and working in St Helens now, working for my dad in his haulage business, and it will be more like ‘me’ to be driving across to Oldham tonight for training.

“A few clubs got in touch but I spoke to Nobby (Scott Naylor) and Chris and there was only one place I really wanted to be and that was Oldham.

“It will be good to be back at the club I first joined all those years ago.”

Said chairman Chris:

“We stayed in touch with ‘Langers’ during his time at Hull. Everyone knows how much he enjoyed being here.

“Once he had agreed with Hull that he was going to be released he spoke to us and said he would like to come back.

“It goes without saying that he is a big addition to the squad and we are delighted to have him back.

“We are disappointed it didn’t work out for him at Hull, but he always retained his affinity with Oldham and he can’t wait to get back on board with us.

“Understandably, we have had to fight off fierce competition from other clubs but he is back and he has signed a contract with us to November, 2020, covering the rest of this season and next season.”

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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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