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.


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.

Best of luck!

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