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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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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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