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Diskin named as new head coach

​FORMER Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls hooker Matt Diskin has arrived at Oldham as the club’s new head coach on a two-year contract.

The Roughyeds have unveiled 37-year-old Diskin as boss to succeed Scott Naylor, whose seven-year stint ended with a Promotion Final win against Newcastle Thunder that elevated Oldham into the Betfred Championship next season.

As a player Diskin made 312 Super League appearances — 232 for Leeds between 2001 and 2010 and 80 for Bradford between 2011 and 2014 when he announced his retirement as a player.

At Odsal he cut his teeth in coaching with the under-19s and as an assistant on the first-team coaching panel.

He then took on his first head coach role at Championship club Batley Bulldogs where he signed a three-year deal which came to its conclusion at the end of this season.

“I learned a lot in my three seasons at Batley and I’m still learning,” said Diskin.

“Scott Naylor has done a fantastic job here and now the baton has been handed over to me to build on that and to turn Oldham into a long-term Championship side.

“It’s going to be tough, but it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to.”

Club chairman Chris Hamilton said rugby league’s worst-kept secret was now out and he was proud and delighted to have Diskin on board for a minimum of two years.

He added:

“Matt is the first to admit that his first head coach’s role at Batley was a learning curve for him and that he is still learning, which is what you would expect.

“Among many other things, we were impressed in interview by his honesty because that’s the sort of club we are.

“There’s lots of hard work to be done now. We didn’t know until last Sunday which division we would be in next season.

“We’ve already started that work and Matt will have the full backing and support of the club.

“He joins us at a time when we’re moving up a division and the three years he has already experienced as a head coach at Championship level — and the lessons he has learned — will stand him in good stead.”

Diskin will have much more to say about his new job on this Roughyeds website tomorrow.

First time in the Vestacare dug-out . . . Matt Diskin with club chairman Chris Hamilton.

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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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