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Latest player of the week, Danny Bridge

POWERFUL second-rower Danny Bridge owes much of his love affair with rugby league to big brother . . . former Bradford and Warrington centre Chris Bridge.

Danny, our latest player of the week, told JENNY McGRANE, a member of our media team, that he first started playing at Royton Tigers after his parents had taken him to a lot of games to watch Chris in action.

When he was old enough to have a go himself he loved it — and he has done ever since.

He first played for Royton Tigers as a boy and it was from there that he was scouted and went on to bigger things in the junior sections of Super League clubs.

Starting in 2009, he spent a couple of years in the academy set-up at Wigan Warriors before moving to Warrington in 2011 and then on loan to Bradford where, in 2014, he played in eight Super League games to add to the two he had a year earlier at Warrington.

Among the Super League games he had at Bradford were three against Castleford, Widnes and Leeds.

He was then recalled by Warrington before leaving the full-time game behind him and signing for Rochdale in 2015.

His quest for adventure and his desire to see a bit of the wider world through rugby then took him to Australia where he played for two seasons in the renowned Queensland Cup, a feeder competition for the NRL, with Redcliffe Dolphins.

On his return to the UK he bumped into an old pal from their youth, Gaz Owen, and the rest, as they say, is history. He grabbed with both hands an opportunity to sign for his home-town club, no doubt encouraged by Gaz’s tales of how good life is at Oldham, and he tells me he is thoroughly enjoying his time at the Vestacare Stadium.

Rugby and work take up most of his time but he can occasionally squeeze in time for a few beers and a game of pool after work.

He also tries to watch as many basketball games as he can because one of his heroes is Lebron James. His rugby hero, not surprisingly, is his brother Chris.

While in Australia, Danny played against former Wigan and North Queensland Cowboy fullback, Matty Bowen, who is his favourite opponent.

Danny remembered watching the NRL growing up and thinking ‘what a freak he was’, also a term used by Darren Lockyer, and the numbers of people who turned up to just watch Bowen ‘was a joke’.

Danny describes himself as “chilled, punctual and reliable but the moaner in the team”.

He said:

“The lads probably hate me for it but I don’t mind a good spray if someone’s not doing there job. But I’m always happy to cop it if I’m not doing my job”

His choice for a desert island companion would be Zack McComb, who “doesn’t have an off button”.

Danny, like most players, staff and fans feel the ‘season has been very up and down’ but believes we can find some form and get to the top of the table’.



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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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