Johnson back in full training after 7-week injury absence

KYRAN Johnson, who suffered a broken jaw at Keighley seven weeks go, is back in full training and may be considered for Oldham RL Club’s key clash with North Wales Crusaders at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

The young Yorkshireman, full-back or wing, provides coach Scott Naylor with some rare good news on the injury front at a time when he has had several players nursing knocks of one kind or another.

Each of the 17 who were on duty in last Sunday’s 16-10 defeat in the top-of-the-table clash at Whitehaven came through unscathed.

Of those who didn’t play at the Recreation Ground, Johnson has the best chance of returning to the scene although Naylor hasn’t ruled out players like Paul Crook, Ben Calland, Ben Davies and Anthony Bowman.

“I’m banking on having a few more players to choose from,”

said Naylor, who will be anxiously waiting for the results of scans on Bowman and Davies while waiting also to see how Calland’s damaged toe reacts to a tough test at training tonight (Thurs).

The only player definitely ruled out is long-standing injury victim Aaron Jones-Bishop, who won’t play again this season because of a serious knee injury.

Naylor wasn’t impressed with how his troops fared in last Sunday’s top-two loss in Cumbria, but he is hoping for a positive reaction this weekend.

He said:

“We should have been top now, instead of third, but I’m hoping it will make a difference this week, having more players from whom to choose.”

Although just outside the play-offs. Crusaders are one of the form teams of the division, having won their last three games against Whitehaven, Keighley and Workington.

They have three or four former Oldham players in their ranks, among them Steve Roper, Kenny Hughes, Dave Eccleston and Matty Reid, but clever hooker Hughes is serving a two-match ban and won’t be available.

A win would lift Roughyeds back to second place with five games left of the regular season.

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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