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Crook signs off in fond farewell

​LIKE Scott Naylor, Pete Carey, Scott Law and Ritchie Hawkyard before him, Paul Crook leaves Oldham with the club’s sincere thanks for his contribution to the promotion push and the chairman’s best wishes for whatever he does in the years ahead.

The 33-year-old stand-off, who is hanging up his boots to concentrate on a new career in coaching, has even said he might return to Roughyeds some day “in one capacity or another.”

He has accepted a role as assistant coach to the St Helens reserve team in a home-town job where his career in rugby league began when he was a teenager and at a venue which is “just down the road” from where he lives.

He said:

“I can’t thank everyone enough for making my family and I so welcome at Oldham.

“I might be back one day, who knows, but for now I’ve got to learn my (coaching) trade and it’s a great opportunity for me to do that at St Helens.

“We are expecting another little one in January and that was another reason why I couldn’t turn down the chance of a job like this which is on my doorstep.”

He messaged Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton to say how much he had enjoyed his two seasons at Oldham and to plant the seed about a possible return to the club further down the line.

Said Hamilton:

“Paul, who was both a player and a member of our coaching panel in 2019, wasn’t in the team in the first few weeks of the season, but when he did return to the side he quickly made a big difference.

“We appreciate all he did for us and wish him well in his new job at Saints. It’s really nice when a player tells us what it meant to him to play for a club like ours.”

Crook took to social media to say that, after a brilliant Grand Final, there could be no better time to bow out.

The job at Saints, he said, was in the best possible environment and was simply too good an opportunity to turn down.

He said he and his family had enjoyed an “amazing” two years at Oldham and he wished to thank his team mates, coaching staff, chairman and fans. What a special group of people!

He concluded:

“I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to play for such an historic club and pleased that I could contribute to the year’s success in getting the club back into the Championship where it belongs.

“I wish you all the best for next season and beyond.”



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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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