Kay wings in on one-year deal

DECLAN Kay, a deadline-day loan signing from Rochdale, played a key role in Oldham RL Club’s promotion charge and earned himself a one-year Roughyeds contract.

He played on the right wing in each of Oldham’s last five games in 2019, including the play-off win against Doncaster and then the Promotion Final triumph over Newcastle Thunder, in which he prevented a Thunder try with a last-gasp interception at a time when the final was balanced on a knife edge.

“Dec is one of those players who all too often goes under the radar,” said new head coach Matt Diskin. “He does a lot of excellent work that often goes unnoticed. He comes up with some first-rate plays and he’s going to be a very valuable asset in the back three next season.

“He also has a lot of Championship experience which will come in handy.”

A Wigan lad, 22-year-old Kay was spotted by Warrington Wolves when playing for Shevington Sharks. He passed through the Wolves’ youth and academy systems before joining Rochdale, initially on dual-reg and later under contract.

He came to Oldham on loan, played well in the promotion push and quickly concluded that he wanted to stay if Roughyeds wanted him.

He said:

“As soon as I arrived on loan I knew it was the right move. Everyone made me feel welcome and part of the set-up.

“It was great to be involved in the promotion and once I knew that Oldham were interested in keeping me it was a very easy decision. I told my agent to get on with it and to get it sorted as quickly as possible.

“I had two years in the Championship with Rochdale so I know a bit about it and I can perhaps bring some Championship experience to the table.

“The main aim in 2020 will be to stay up. The club can then build into the Championship from there.”

His agreement with Rochdale concluded at the end of last season so he was free to make other arrangements.

Said club chairman Chris Hamilton:

“It’s good to welcome Dec on board as a fully-fledged Oldham player. We’ve got a few new deals in the pipeline and we’re also busy retaining the players Matt wants to keep.

“There will be more announcements before the end of the week.”


Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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