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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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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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