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New winger comes in on loan

WITH several wingers out injured, Oldham have signed Swinton’s young back Harry Aaronson (21) on a month’s loan.

He will train tonight with Scott Naylor’s squad and be in contention for selection in the side to face Doncaster at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm) in the second round of the new 1895 Cup.

Harry Aaronson

Aaronson in action for Keighley

An Oldham lad who is currently studying at university in Leeds, Harry rose through the ranks at Hudderfield Giants academy before joining Swinton in 2015.

He was only 17 when he made his Lions debut at Coventry and scored two tries.

He represented England Universities before having a season at Keighley Cougars in 2018 and then going back to Swinton, who describe him as “lightning quick” with good hands.
Reaction and more to follow later.

Roughyeds have lost three wingers in recent weeks — Lee Kershaw, who has gone back to Wakefield Trinity after a loan spell; Aaron Jones-Bishop with a serious knee injury; and Kyran Johnson with a broken jaw.

On top of that Harry Maders has been suffering from an unknown allergy.

Aaronson, who was at Saddleworth Rangers as a boy, said it was “awesome” to join his hometown club, albeit on a temporary basis.

He said:

“I’ve spent the last year or two joking with my Dad that one day I would put on the Oldham shirt and now it looks as though it’s going to happen.

“I know a fair bit about the club and I’m really pleased to be joining them at a time when they’re on the up. As an Oldham lad, it will be awesome.”

He is studying social politics at the University of Leeds.

Wing is his favourite position, but when playing for England Universities last year in three games against New Zealand, the Armed Forces and GB Teachers, he alternated between
wing and full-back.

He added:

“I’m well aware of the wing situation at Oldham right now so that’s why I’ve been signed , but I am seriously looking forward to it.”

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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.

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