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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.

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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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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