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Whittel heading to Australia with fond memories

​EMMERSON Whittel, who played in 24 of Oldham RL Club’s 26 cup and league games last season, has left to start a new adventure in West Australia.

Only ever-present prop Scott Law and hooker-captain Gareth Owen, one behind him, played in more games than 25-year-old forward Whittel, who gave Roughyeds great service in his one and only season at the Vestacare Stadium.

Suitably impressed, Oldham offered him a new deal for 2020, but the Yorkshireman declined because he is going to Perth, West Australia, to sign a one-year agreement with Rockingham Sharks, the WA champions.

Former Oldham forward Anthony Bowman played at Rockingham a year or two ago and it was Bowman who recommended the Sharks to Whittel and put him in touch with the State premiers.

He goes with a glowing testimonial of his time at Oldham and an assurance that he would have accepted the Roughyeds’ new offer had it not been for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on the other side of the world.

Said Whittel:

“I’ve recently graduated from Huddersfield University in electrics and electrical engineering so I’ve nothing now to stop me going.

“Chris (club chairman Chris Hamilton) offered me a good deal to stay and to play in the Championship in 2020, but at my age, 25, this could be my last chance to fulfil my ambition to play rugby in Australia and to see a bit of the world.

“I’ve always wanted to do this, like a lot of lads with no ties, and I felt it was too good an opportunity to miss.

“I would have loved to play for Oldham in the Championship and, who knows, if an opportunity comes up in the future for me to return to the club I would jump at it because I enjoyed the promotion season so much.

“I can’t predict the future or say for certain how long I will be over there but initially I’ve applied for a 12-months working visa and we’ll see what happens from there.

“A few clubs in Australia were interested, but Anthony Bowman spoke highly about Rockingham who, unlike the others, offered me a job and accommodation as well as the playing contract.

“In some ways I’m gutted to be giving up my involvement with Oldham going forward but I’m also excited to be going to Australia.

“I might be back one day though and if that happened nobody would be happier than me,”



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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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