Kyran back on a wing and a prayer

​WINGER Kyran Johnson is ready for a late-season surge to prominence after missing much of Oldham RL Club’s season because of injury.

The young Yorkshireman’s latest setback sidelined him for nine weeks and seven matches after he suffered a broken jaw at Keighley Cougars in May.

At that stage, he had scored five tries in nine games and had proved his value at both full-back and wing.

But he’s back now and ready to go in Oldham’s last five Betfred League 1 games, starting at London Skolars on Saturday week, and then, maybe, in the play-offs.

He was available for the last game against North Wales Crusaders on July 14, but coach Scott Naylor erred on the side of caution and decided to extend his rehab period for an extra two weeks through the current lay-off.

“He’s been out a while, but he’s absolutely itching to get back now,”

said coach Naylor, whose players will be back in for training on Thursday night after 11 days off.

Said Johnson:

“I’m hoping to make up for lost time in the late-season push for promotion.

“I’ve another year to run on my contract, but I’d like to extend it because I absolutely love life at Oldham.

“It’s the first time in my career that I’ve played for a Lancashire club, but I’ve never been happier.

“It’s the only club I’ve been at where my wife insists on turning up to watch even if I’m not in the team.

“She and my young family are really happy at the club and if they’re happy I’m happy.”

Castleford-born Johnson, who joined Roughyeds from Featherstone Rovers ahead of the 2018 campaign, will be praying for better luck over the next few weeks, but he’ll have it all to do if he is to remove either Lee Kershaw or on-loan Harry Aaronson.

Coral Challenge Cup Final

There are still places left on the club’s official trip to Wembley on Saturday, August 24 for the Coral Challenge Cup final and the 1895 Cup final.

Cost of the trip, £65, includes executive travel, a Club Wembley seat, the two finals and the experience of taking part in the pre-match parade around the perimeter of the famous stadium, behind the ‘Oldham’ banner.

Book at the Roughyeds on-line store or ring the club on 07904 898 177.

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.

Best of luck!

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