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Oldham announce dual-reg partnership with Leigh

OLDHAM have announced a dual-registration agreement with Betfred Championship side Leigh Centurions which starts with immediate effect and will run to the end of the season.

The initial approach came from Leigh and Roughyeds head coach Scott Naylor believes there is considerable merit in the partnership, given that on-loan Lee Kershaw’s return to Wakefield Trinity and the serious knee injury that will require an operation and has put Aaron Jones-Bishop out for the rest of the season reduces to 22 the number of players he currently has available.

Said Scott, Leigh-born and still resident in the town:

“John Duffy (Leigh head coach) is a good mate of mine and we both know what dual-reg is all about.

“Leigh approached us about it in the first instance and after giving it full consideration we felt it was a good idea which would benefit both clubs.

“Both clubs, of course, have to get out of it what they want to get out of it and I’m sure we will.

“We don’t have the biggest squad and John wants some of his lads to get more game time which will help us in the event of injuries and maybe allow me, when appropriate, to rest some players or do some squad rotation.

“This will put us in a stronger situation than we’re in presently, from now to the end of the season, and enable us to be better equipped for the back end of the year than in previous seasons when we’ve had a small squad that’s been hit by injury.”

Currently available to Scott and his coaching staff are the 17 who were on duty in last Sunday’s 34-18 win against Coventry Bears plus Anthony Bowman, Liam Bent, Phil Joy, Jamie Greenwood and on-loan Adam Brook.

Leigh currently lie fourth in the Betfred Championship and are striving to finish in the top five to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs.

Said coach Duffy:

“This new dual-reg agreement with Oldham is another good tool for us.

“Scott and myself have known each other for years and we get on well. Both our clubs have ‘dualled’ with Super League clubs so we both know what works and what doesn’t.

“Scott has been at Oldham a while now and he always does a good job. He’s a very good coach and a very good bloke so this will make it a very worthwhile partnership for all parties.

“Scott’s lads will always come first but if he can give some of our players valuable game-time at an important stage of the season that will be great.”

Oldham’s next assignment is a tough test at Keighley Cougars on Saturday evening (6.30pm kick-off), followed by a second-round 1895 Cup tie against Doncaster at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday week, June 2, kick-off 3pm.

Keighley are bottom of the table, but they started off on minus-12 and they’ve picked up 11 points out of a possible 16 which, in normal circumstances, would have put them third in the table, one place higher than Roughyeds and with one point more.

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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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