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Oldham swoop for centre Cameron Leeming

​OLDHAM have signed centre Cameron Leeming (23), who has played at Hunslet, Keighley and Dewsbury since coming back to the UK from a spell in Australia.

He has signed initially to November 30 this year with a view to doing a new deal for 2020, hopefully in the Betfred Championship.

A personal trainer and based in Leeds, Leeming will train with Roughyeds for the first time tomorrow, meet up with former team mates Ritchie Hawkyard, Scott Law, Emmerson Whittel and on-loan Harry Aaronson and be “in the mix” for Sunday’s game at Workington.

Said Roughyeds head coach Scott Naylor:

“There aren’t a lot of centres around but we looked at Cameron last year and we tried to sign him again earlier this season.

“We had three or four lads who could play centre but we’re down to the bare bones now so we needed to strengthen that position for the second half of the season.

“We’re grateful to Dewsbury for letting us do the deal.

“Cameron will be with us tomorrow night and he’ll be in the mix for Sunday.”

Leeming played for Leeds amateurs Stanningley as a boy and then had four years in the Leeds Rhinos youth set-up before moving on to Wakefield Academy.

A year followed in Australia, playing for a Sydney Roosters feeder club, and he has since played for Hunslet and Keighley in tier three and Dewsbury in the Championship.

Earlier this season he suffered concussion and a broken jaw while playing for the Rams against Thatto Heath in the Coral Challenge Cup, but he says he is now fully fit and ready to go.

“I’m a personal trainer so fitness is part of my life,”

he said.

He added:

“I played a handful of games at Dewsbury but I was a bit in and out — the injury didn’t help — and I was looking for a fresh start with a club like Oldham who are going to be fighting for promotion.

“Hopefully we’ll get promotion and I’ll have done enough to re-sign for next year. At the very least I hope to do enough to be playing every week.

“I know a few of the lads from Keighley and I know Zack McComb a little bit so there will be a few familiar faces there and that always helps.”

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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.

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