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Naylor welcomes the Cavalry ahead of battles to come

SCOTT Naylor has welcomed a situation in which he will pilot Oldham into the business end of the season with more players than he has had all year.

The arrival of Ed Smith, Jimmy Beckett, Kiedan Hartley, Luke Hooley and Declan Kay in beat-the-deadline captures takes to 27 the number of players Naylor will have under his wing when the signing trap-door is closed and padlocked at 5pm this evening (Friday).

He is sorry to lose Lee Kershaw, naturally, but delighted to welcome the incoming five, of whom all but 26-year-old Smith are young players who have been signed on loan to the end of the season.

Beckett, a prop, is 20 while the others are all backs; Hartley (19), Hooley (21) and Kay (22).

Winger Kershaw has been recalled by injury-hit Wakefield , who agreed to temporarily release Hooley to enable him to have a third spell on loan at Oldham.

Roughyeds now have six players at the club in a temporary capacity: Adam Brook from Halifax; Harry Aaronson from Swnton Lions; Becket and Hartley from Featherstone Rovers; Hooley from Wakefield Trinity; Kay from Rochdale Hornets.

That in itself says a lot about the regard in which Roughyeds are held by Championship clubs, which are happy to place their up-and-coming boys in Oldham hands in order to give them experience.

“It’s good for us too,”

said a delighted Naylor.

“It’s just what I wanted, in fact, With four big league games coming up and then more than likely the play-offs we needed as much strength in depth as we could get.

“We need to put new faces on the field. We can’t keep putting lads who are carrying knocks into game situations week on week.

“There’s a lot riding on the remainder of the season and we need to freshen up.”

All the new boys trained last night and if Smith comes through with no adverse reaction and Jack Spencer passes a fitness test tomorrow (Sat) all 27 will be in the selection mix for Sunday’s massive second v third game against Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium.

Smith, who made his Oldham debut at Skolars, trained flat out last night.

Spencer didn’t train but a final decision on his hip problem will be delayed as long as possible.

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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: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The 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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