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Young prop joins Oldham on loan

​WITH Ben Davies out because of a gashed mouth and Jack Spencer doubtful while he goes through head-knock protocol, Oldham have signed a young prop from Halifax, initially on a month’s loan.

Frazer Morris (22), who lives in Huddersfield, trained with Roughyeds last night (Tuesday) and will be in the frame for Sunday’s trek up the A1 to Newcastle Thunder.

He played for Meltham All Blacks as a boy and signed for the Huddersfield Giants academy when he was 15.

His move to Wakefield Trinity under-19s, and his sound performances at that level, earned him a full-time contract at Belle Vue where he made his Super League debut against Wigan Warriors when he was 18.

He joined Halifax in July, 2017 and, last season, had a spell at Newcastle on loan.

The younger brother of Halifax’s Elliott Morris, Frazer said:


“I’ve been playing in the reserves at Halifax and it will be good to step up to senior level at Oldham.

“They’ve got a few injury concerns, I think, and if I can give them a lift and make an impact that would be great.”

Backs Adam Brook and Danny Grimshaw are also out, while there will be late decisions on Spencer, Matty Wilkinson (also subject to a head test) and Harry Maders, who has a calf injury.

Back into the running come Aaron Jones Bishop, Lee Kershaw and Anthony Bowman.

At this stage, therefore, 21 players are in contention including the three who are subject to late decisions, Maders, Spencer and Wilkinson.

Bent, Bowman, Calland, Crook, Greenwood, Gwaze, Hawkyard, Hewitt, Holmes, Johnson, Jones-Bishop, Joy, Kershaw, Law, Maders, McComb, Morris, Owen, Spencer, Whittel, Wilkinson.

Said coach Scott Naylor:

“We had a comparatively light session last night, given that last Sunday’s cup-tie was a very physical one against full-time opponents.

“We welcomed Frazer Morris into the fold. He got to know everyone and got an idea of what to expect on Thursday when it will be a much more intense session.

“Everyone is in with a shout apart from Adam Brook (broken wrist), Ben Davies (gashed mouth), Danny Grimshaw (groin) and Danny Bridge (suspended).

“Ben’s mouth injury won’t keep him out as long as we first feared. He doesn’t need surgery so he could be back in contention for the Hunslet home game on Good Friday.”



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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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