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Pete Carey announces his retirement

PETER Carey, an assistant coach to Scott Naylor for the past four seasons, has announced his retirement from the sport.

Having worked previously for both Salford and Swinton, he joined Roughyeds for the start of the 2016 Championship season to work alongside the head coach and his then No 2, Lee Spencer.

The thinking at that time was that, having just won promotion to the higher division, three heads were better than two and that a third member of the coaching panel would be beneficial.

Under Naylor, Spencer and Carey, Oldham achieved their first-year goal of, at the very least, Championship survival only to be relegated a year later after suffering an horrendous run of injuries in the second part of the season.

When ‘Spanner’ (Spencer) ultimately retired from the sport to have more time for business and family commitments, Carey became Naylor’s only assistant and together they saw Roughyeds back into the Championship after two seasons back in League 1.

Carey’s decision to retire from the sport coincides with Naylor’s departure after seven seasons in the job.

Roughyeds have since appointed former Leeds and Bradford hooker and Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin as head coach on a two-year deal.

Asked about backroom staff at last week’s media gathering to announce his arrival, Diskin said no decision had been made at that stage.

In announcing his retirement, Carey said:

“I’ve been involved in the sport in one capacity or another for most of my life and it’s the right time now for me to step down and enjoy more time to do other things.”

Club chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“A big thank-you to Peter for all his services to the club. He worked diligently for us for a long time and it goes without saying that we wish him well for the future and success in whatever else he undertakes.”



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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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