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Oldham sign a second young back

OUR exciting squad-building exercise for life in the Betfred Championship next season has continued with the acquisition of John Hutchings, a 20-year-old outside back who has played in the St Helens under-19s side for the past three seasons.

Before that, from the age of 14 to 16, he was in the Wigan Warriors scholarship set-up, having previously played at Orrell St James from the age of ten.

He was born in Ormskirk, but brought up in Wigan where he still lives.

“It will be a big challenge for me but I can’t wait to get started ,”

said Hutchings.

Said Roughyeds head coach Matt Diskin:

“John has decided the system he’s been in doesn’t suit him so he’s come to us on a one-year contract and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“He’s a big, athletic kid of real promise who can play equally well at centre, wing or second-row. He will be of great value to us as a young player who can play in a few positions which is especially important to a club like ours because we won’t have the biggest squad in the division.”

Currently under contract for next season are backs Dave Hewitt, Kyran Johnson, Declan Kay, James Worthington, Cameron Leeming, Lewis Charnock and John Hutchings and forwards Danny Langtree, Danny Bridge, Gareth Owen and Jack Spencer.

The capture of at least one more new signing will be announced 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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