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McComb going to Sheffield with mixed feelings

ZACK McComb says he has mixed feelings about his decision to accept a good offer from Sheffield Eagles and thus bid farewell to Roughyeds, the club he joined from Siddal two years ago.

On one hand he is eagerly looking forward to pushing for a place in a side that finished just outside the Betfred Championship’s play-off top-five last season; on the other he is sad and sorry to be leaving a club at which he has been so happy and was made by everyone to feel part of the club’s fixtures and fittings.

When he came to Oldham for pre-season training and trials from the Halifax-located amateur club in the autumn of 2017 his life as a rugby league player was at the crossroads.
He had been at Huddersfield Giants as a boy and a youth, then on to Batley Bulldogs, who had sent him out on loan and dual-reg to Oxford and Gloucester All Golds.

He then returned to where it all began, Siddal, before Roughyeds took on Zack and three colleagues for pre-season training and trials at a time when they were rebuilding after relegation from the Championship at the end of the 2017 season.

McComb did well in pre-season games at Barrow and Keighley before enjoying a promising 2018 season in which he scored 11 tries in 18 games, mainly at centre but also on the wing.

In the season just ended he made the right-centre berth his own, scoring 16 tries (second only to Danny Langtree’s 18) in 24 games and became one of the side’s best and most reliable outside backs.

In his two seasons in Betfred League 1 he totalled 27 tries in 42 games — a statistic of which any centre in the third tier could be proud.

It says much for his progress at Roughyeds that only two seasons after arriving as an unknown for trials, he is moving on to a club in the upper reaches of the Championship, only one tier down from Super League.

He said:

I owe everything to Oldham for giving me the opportunity to get back into the pro game and right now it’s going to be a big wrench to leave a bunch of lads who have become my best mates.

“I enjoyed every minute at Oldham and I’ll miss everyone at the club, especially the other lads. We bonded really well together and the craic we had was fantastic. I like to think I was a good part of that. They’ll give me some stick about this, that’s for sure!

I’ll never forget my days at Oldham, believe me, and I can’t thank the club too much for all it did for me.

“One or two clubs showed an interest, through my agent, and then Sheffield made an offer and I was required to make a quick decision.

“It’s a new challenge and I’m looking forward to it but if I’m playing against Roughyeds next season it will seem strange – very strange.

“Helping the club to win promotion this season was the highlight of my career so far and something that will have a special place in my memories.”

Roughyeds say McComb goes with the club’s sincere thanks for his services and with its best wishes for his future.



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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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