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Hawkyard goes back to Keighley

FULL-BACK Ritchie Hawkyard, who had a magnificent season and played a major role in Roughyeds’ promotion to the Betfred Championship, has returned to his former club Keighley Cougars in League One.

The 33-year-old former Swinton Lions stalwart has said the greater physical demands of the Championship wouldn’t allow him to play as he himself would want to play.

He has signed a one-year deal at Keighley, who have shown their ambition for next season by also snapping up Jake Webster from Bradford Bulls and another former Oldham player, Mo Agoro, from Newcastle Thunder.

In 2018, his third and last season at Cougar Park before his move to Oldham, Hawkyard won three individual awards, including the club’s Man of Steel.

Hawkyard said:

“I would like to thank everyone at Oldham for a fantastic season. I enjoyed every minute of it and I would like to thank the players, coaching staff, Chris Hamilton for bringing me to the club and, most of all, the fans.

“They were fantastic from day one and I’m so glad we could finish on a high and take Oldham back to where they rightfully belong.

“I’m getting no younger and in all honesty I don’t believe my body could take all the hits and I wouldn’t be able to give 110 per cent week in and week out in the Championship, so I believe this was best for both parties.

“I came and succeeded in what I set out to achieve at Oldham. Now I move back to Cougar Park to finish some unfinished business that I set out to do four seasons ago and take Keighley back in to the Championship.”

He scored 12 tries in 22 appearances in his one and only season at Oldham. He was outstanding in most games and won several man-of-the-match awards, including the individual accolade in the Promotion Final against Newcastle Thunder, which Roughyeds won 18-12.

He later said he was carrying several knocks and gave a broad hint that he was considering his future, while advancing the opinion that Oldham would go well in the Championship if they could replicate the enthusiasm and the togetherness that had been a feature of their performances in the last three months of the season.

Said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamiton: “We wish Ritchie all the luck in the world. He had told me his body wouldn’t stand up to playing in the Championship.

“It works for him at Keighley so we wish him well and thank him for all he did for us in the season that’s just ended.”


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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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