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Diskin delight as ‘Benty’ signs on again

LIAM Bent is never going to top Oldham’s stats in tries scored, metres made or chances created.

But will he ever be beaten in the tackle count ? Simple answer . . . NO!

The Roughyeds’ 22-year-old second-row or loose-forward is a well-oiled tackling machine in pristine condition; a workaholic who measures his personal success purely on the number of tackles he makes.

Most players love the glamorous, crowd-pleasing stuff.

Not ‘Benty’, who prides himself, astonishingly, on contributing more than 1,000 tackles to Oldham’s promotion triumph last season.

No wonder incoming boss Matt Diskin couldn’t hide his delight when announcing that lean, mean Liam was the latest member of last season’s squad to nail his colours to the Roughyeds mast for at least another year.

He’s signed a one-year contract to take him into his fourth season at Oldham and to become the 14th player on contract to the club for the 2020 Championship season at Bower Fold, Stalybridge.

Said Diskin:

“He’s got a great pedigree and he’s an absolute workhorse. Players like ‘Benty’ are a bit under-rated at times, but not by fellow players and coaches.

“You can’t put a value on somebody who does so much tackling in every game. It’s an understatement to say I’m looking forward to working with the lad.”

A Wiganer, Bent arrived at Oldham on loan from Salford midway through the 2017 Championship season.

He was gutted to be released by the Red Devils at the end of that season, but Salford’s loss was Oldham’s gain when he then became a fully-fledged Oldham player.

He played in 24 of Roughyeds’ 26 games in all competitions last season.

He doesn’t have his tackle counts for three of those games but in the other 21 he made 967 tackles — an amazing feat of endurance if nothing else.

That averages out at 46 a match or 1,104 tackles over the course of his 24-game season. . . phenomenal !

Voted by fans as their player of the year in 2018, Bent looked ahead to the 2020 Championship campaign and said:

“It’s going to be tough but we’re all up for it.

“It will bring us even closer together . . . a bit like ‘us v the rest of the world’ if you know what I mean.

“There are bound to be times when we’re on the receiving end but when that happens we’ll take it on the chin and vow to do better the following week.

“The fans will stick with us whatever happens and in return we’ll give our utmost in every game.”

  • To find out who fans have named as their 2019 Player of the Year ring the club on 07904 898177 to see if there are tickets left for Friday’s Awards Night at the Vestacare Stadium.


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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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