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Player of the week- Liam Bent

WHEN Liam Bent was nine his step father took him to Wigan St Jude’s for his first training session and his love of rugby league began there and then.

Six years on, aged 15, he joined Salford’s under-19s team and that was his early grounding for a rise through the ranks to becoming a full-time member of the first-team squad while still in his teens.

Aged 21, he is one of the Roughyeds’ youngest players, but no longer the ‘baby’ of the outfit given that Titus Gwaze will celebrate his 20th birthday this Saturday, June 8.

Harry Maders and Jamie Greenwood, both aged 20, are also younger than ‘Benty’, whose claim to fame is his amazing wok ethic and the number of tackles he makes in every match. He is a one-man tackling machine, writes JENNY McGRANE, a member of our media team who is doing a brilliant job in her efforts to interview as many players, staff members and fans as she can.

Liam first came to Oldham from Salford on loan. He loved every minute of his time here, so much so that when he got the opportunity to sign permanently he “massively appreciated the contract offer” which, he said, meant a lot to him.

He is now in his second full season at the Roughyeds and the fans love him for his determination in every game.

Off the field and in his own time, Liam likes to do extra training on his own and he goes to the gym whenever he can.

He describes himself as quiet, focused and a person who sometimes thinks too much about things instead of taking them at face value.

Liam has several rugby league heroes, headed by Sam Burgess, Paul Gallen and Micky Mcllorum.

His favourite opponent was Huddersfield Giants hooker Kruise Leeming, whom he played against at under-19s level.

If he had to take a couple of Oldham players for a stay on a desert island it would be Zack McComb, a ‘good laugh to be around’, and Phil Joy who is ‘clever and observant’.

Following a slow start to the season Liam said: “We need to keep improving and going onwards and upwards with everything we do. Relentless”.

Asked where he felt Oldham would finish this season, he said: “Our goal is top spot and that’s what we’re aiming for.”



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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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