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Player focus . . . Matty Wilkinson

Our lively hooker Matty Wilkinson followed his elder brother by playing at Leigh RUFC.

He then went to Leigh Miners and from there to Salford, playing for their youth side before going out on loan to North Wales in 2016 and then to Halifax on a dual-reg agreement in early 2017.

Oldham then signed him half way through 2017, writes JENNY McGRANE.

Roughyeds got their man because Matty sees Oldham as an honest, hard-working club with a top set of lads and a loyal fan base, not to mention a head coach in Scott Naylor whom he has a lot of time for.

When Matty signed he knew a few of the players who were already at the club, including George Tyson, Adam Clay and Luke Adamson. This made the move easier for him.

Matty Wilkinson

Since signing, Matty has made 48 appearances and has scored 19 tries, racking up 76 points.

He sees himself as an impact player, speeding up the game when he comes off the bench and hopefully respected within the group as honest, respectful and methodical.

Outside rugby, he likes to watch Bolton Wanderers FC and also follows cricket which means he is sure to be enjoying the Ashes series over the next few weeks.

His heroes are cricketer Alastair Cook, former footballer Kevin Davies and TV personality Karl Pilkington, while within the rugby world he admires Marcus Morris-Williams and Adam Jones, who is the best player he has played against

Matty would take David Hewitt to a desert island with him because he always carries protein bars and chocolate with him.

From the Mr Men series Matty would pick Mr.Dizzy.

Thoughts on the season so far?

‘Very inconsistent, with some good performances and some well below standard. Hopefully we can get some momentum going into the playoffs’.

Where will we finish?

He added:

“It’s looking like Whitehaven have won the league now, so congratulations to them. Hopefully we can finish second and put ourselves in a good position to do well in the play-offs.”

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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.

Best of luck!

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