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​IT was a meet-and-greet affair at the Vestacare Stadium last night when preparations began for Oldham’s assault on the Betfred Championship in 2020.

New head coach Matt Diskin and his right-hand man Brendan Sheridan introduced themselves to the players at a short meeting before the squad went out on the pitch.

The group that’s been assembled so far — there will be more to come —could be split into three lots:

  1. Players who were here last year and have either signed new deals to stay or are still on existing contracts, such as Danny Langtree, Dave Hewitt, Kyran Johnson, Danny Bridge, Cameron Leeming, Gareth Owen, Jack Spencer, Matty Wilkinson, Liam Bent, Phil Joy, Ed Smith and Ben Davies.
  2. Players who were with us on loan last year but have since signed deals to become fully-fledged Roughyeds players, namely Declan Kay (from Rochdale Hornets), Harry Aaronson (Swinton Lions) and Adam Brook (Halifax).
  3. Brand-new faces to Roughyeds’ fans like James Worthington, Lewis Charnock, John Hutchings and Jode Sheriffe.
John Hutchings and James Worthington

Worthington and Hutchings, both aged 20, are young outside backs from Wigan and St Helens respectively.

Charnock (25) is a tough-as-teak outside half who has seen service with St Helens, Bradford Bulls (on loan) and Barrow Raiders. Unlike most other members of the squad, Charnock is starting life with the Roughyeds on a two-year deal.

Sheriffe (33) is a hugely-experienced prop from Dewsbury Rams.

Half-way through two-year contracts are Danny Langtree, David Hewitt and Kyran Johnson, who couldn’t train on the opening night because he had suffered a setback to the ankle he dislocated in the Promotion Final.

“It was coming along nicely, but then I went over on it again and that’s put me right back,”

said Johnson.

Diskin was more than happy with the way things went on his first evening at the club.

He said:

“We all got to know each other and blew away a few cobwebs. A lot of hard work lies ahead.”

​First test for the new-look Roughyeds is a pre-season warm-up at Barrow on Sunday, January 5 (2pm).

The Championship programme kicks off with the visit to Bower Fold of Widnes Vikings on Sunday, February 2 (3pm).



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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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