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Joy’s unfinished business in Championship 2020

​PHIL Joy has a personal mission ahead of the 2020 Betfred Championship campaign — to make up for lost time and unfinished business.

When Oldham were last at that level in 2017 he had his “nightmare” season, twice dislocating his left shoulder and playing in only four of the Roughyeds’ 30 games in League and Shield.

The 28-year-old prop, as expected, has signed a new one-year deal to move into his 11th season with the Roughyeds as a home-town boy — three in the reserves and seven in the first team.

He made his senior debut at Gateshead in September, 2012 and 154 games later he is just as keen and enthusiastic as he was when given his first team break by caretaker boss Martin Roden all those years ago.

Indeed, there is a popular belief among the Vestacare faithful that the 2019 promotion year was his best yet — an opinion held, among many others, by incoming boss Matt Diskin.

He said:

“Phil’s been at his home-town club as man and boy and it clearly means a lot to him. He’s a big, strong lad with good leg drive after contact.

“Last season was probably his best yet and I’m absolutely delighted he has decided to stay.”

Joy was never going anywhere else. Oldham Rugby is in his blood, but his wide grin and twinkling eyes turned into a grimace when he recalled what happened in 2017.

In the third game against London Broncos at Bower Fold he suffered a severe dislocation of the left shoulder and he didn’t play again from February 19 to May 21 when he figured against Batley Bulldogs at the Manchester Regional Arena and the shoulder ‘popped’ a second time.

After that he was out months while recovering from a major reconstruction of the shoulder.

Several other senior players suffered season-ending injuries too and after picking up only five league points from the last 19 games — as opposed to nine from the first 11 — Roughyeds again found themselves in tier three for 2018.

Said Joy:

“Unfinished business beckons. I’m looking forward to having another crack at the Championship.

“Individually and collectively we’ve got a chance to show what we can do at the higher level. It’s ‘Opportunity Knocks’ time.

“Matt Diskin will introduce new ideas and I’m looking forward to working with him. It should be interesting.”



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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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