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Wigan youngster joins Roughyeds

​A young centre from Wigan Warriors, who has more big-game experience than many older players get in a full career, has joined Oldham on a one-year contract.

James Worthington (20) has played for England at under-16s and Academy levels; played centre to Liam Marshall in a Super League game against Wakefeld only a week after his 18th birthday; and played on loan for Toulouse Olympique against Toronto Wolfpack in a top Championship game that was a curtain-raiser to Super League’s Magic Weekend at St James’ Park, Newcastle in 2018.

A week later he lined up for Toulouse against London Broncos in a Summer Bash clash at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool.

More recently, while still contracted to Wigan on a full-time two-year deal, he played six games for Workington Town in the Betfred League 1 season that’s just finished and then finished off the season in the Championship with Rochdale.

His deal with home-town Wigan having come to an end, he and his agent, Iestyn Harris, were interested in Oldham’s approach and Iestyn was asked to get the deal over the line.

Said head coach Matt Diskin:

“James comes from a Super League background at Wigan and he’s been well thought of wherever he has played on loan or dual-reg.

“We’ve done really well to get him against considerable competition and its felt he will do well for us on the fringes next season.”

Said James:

“I’ve played for a few clubs on loan, but I’m made up to become a fully-fledged Oldham player. I’ve been at Wigan since I was 16, so it’s a new challenge for me and I’m eagerly looking forward to it.

“My favourite position is centre, but I can also play full-back and wing.

“I know Liam Bent and I played alongside Dec Kay at Rochdale last season so that should help me to settle in.”

A product of the Wigan St Jude’s club, he lives at home with Mum and Dad in Pemberton.

He signed for Wigan on scholarship before he was 16 and was soon selected for England under-16s, playing in two Tests against France, the first at centre, the second at full-back.

Three years in the Academy followed, during which time he scored two tries on his Super League debut against Trinity and signed a two-year, full-time contract.

He was a double under-19s Academy Grand Finalist in 2017 and 2018, beating Castleford and Leeds andscoring a try in each.

It was in those two seasons that he ran in 19 tries in 27 appearances.

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Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

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