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Davies’s new deal . . . and warm-up game at Barrow

BEN Davies back for another season . . . and news of a pre-season warm-up game at Barrow on Sunday, January 5, 2020, kick-off 2pm.

Those were the news flashes from the Roughyeds’ media team today (Tuesday, Nov 19), ahead of this evening’s start of pre-season training under the command of new head coach Matt Diskin and his new No 2 Brendan Sheridan.

Prop-forward Davies (30) signed a new one-year deal for a fourth season at the club and thus became the 19th player under contract on Diskin’s roster for the Roughyeds’ return to the Betfred Championship against Widnes Vikings at Bower Fold on Sunday, February 2.

That gives Diskin little more than ten weeks to get his new charges ready for the Championship challenge and only six weeks before curtain-up at Barrow on the pre-season match programme.

Note the date and kick-off time — 2pm on Sunday, January 5 — and admission prices of £12 adults and £10 concessions. Young fans under 16 go free.

Roughyeds have been going to Barrow on these pre-season jaunts for a few seasons and Diskin is happy to continue down the same route.

He said:

“There will be only four weeks between our game at Barrow and the big kick-off in the Championship so we need to get cracking. It will be a good test for everyone.

“We’ve a few new lads in the squad so it will be a good opportunity to do some team bonding on the way home.”

Of Davies, he said:

“Ben has some real quality about him and a load of pedigree at Championship level and even higher.

“His body has let him down a bit in recent seasons. preventing him getting as much game time as he would have liked, but his quality and experience will be very useful indeed for us.”

Formerly with Wigan, Widnes, Halifax and Whitehaven, Davies has played a total of 45 games, stretching back to his Roughyeds debut in 2017.

His best season was his first even though it ended in relegation. Oldham won four and drew one of their first 11 games and of the six they lost three were by two points: 8-6 at Featherstone, 20-18 at home to London Broncos and 16-14 at Halifax.

Davies played in five of those 11 games and had a blinder in a 26-26 draw at Rochdale where he and Jordan Walne were the best forwards on the field. Davies played loose-forward.

Serious and in some cases season-ending injuries then began to bite and Roughyeds lost 13 of their next 14 outings en route to a return to League 1.

More recently, Davies gave a stirring show in the second half at Hunslet when coming off the bench to play a lead role in a 34-20 triumph at the South Leeds Stadium that ensured a second-place finish for Roughyeds and two home games in the Betfred League 1 play-offs,



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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.

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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

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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.

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