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Roughyeds swoop for two more loan signings

OLDHAM swooped to make two more loan signings today, bringing in Wakefield’s Luke Hooley and Rochdale’s Declan Kay on deals to the end of the season.

Hooley, Kay and Featherstone’s Kiedan Hartley, who was signed last night, are all eligible to play this weekend in the big game against Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Coupled with last week’s recruitment of Ed Smith and Jimmy Beckett, Roughyeds have topped up their squad before tomorrow’s signing deadline with the capture of five new players, although they have lost the services of winger Lee Kershaw, who has been recalled by Wakefield Trinity.

In total Roughyeds now have six players on loan — Adam Brook, Harry Aaronson, Beckett, Hartley, Hooley and Kay — but they can only play a maximum of five at any one time.
Hooley (21) needs no introduction to Roughyeds fans, having had two loan spells with the club previously.

He said:

“I enjoyed my time at Oldham on the last two spells I had over there and I am very happy to go back.

“It’s a good place to be and it will be nice to meet up again with a few familiar faces.

“I’m going to do a job and, hopefully, to help the other lads to get Oldham to where they belong in the Championship.”

Declan Kay (22) is a Wigan lad who also plays full-back or wing.

Having been at St Cuthbert’s and Shevington Sharks, he signed for Warrington at the age of 16 and he was there until two years ago when he joined Rochdale, first on dual-reg and then permanently on contract.

He said:

“I’m looking forward to joining Oldham for the rest of the season.

“It’s a very important period for the club with four key league games left and then, in all probability, a battle to win promotion through the play-offs.

“Hopefully, we can beat Newcastle on Sunday and then move on from there.”



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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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