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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.”



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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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