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Sheridan named as Diskin’s assistant

BRENDAN Sheridan, head coach of NCL club Dewsbury Celtic for the past two years, has been appointed as assistant coach to Oldham’s new team boss Matt Diskin on a one-year contract.

Aged 40, and a former scrum-half or hooker with Sheffield Eagles and Batley Bulldogs, he will stand side by side with Diskin when the Roughyeds’ new coaching duo meet the players for the first time at a meeting prior to the start of pre-season training on Tuesday.

Both Dewsbury men, they have known each other for several years through the community game in the Heavy Woollen town, more specifically at Dewsbury Moor and Dewsbury Celtic.

Under the leadership of Sheridan, younger brother of Castleford Tigers’ assistant boss Ryan Sheridan, Celtic finished fourth in division three of the National Conference last season and then won promotion to division two with play-off victories over local rivals Batley Boys at home and Heworth of York away.

They then went off to Australia on tour — a massive project for any amateur club.

Said Diskin:

“Brendan has done a fantastic job at Celtic. He deserves a chance in the pro game and I’m really pleased for him.

“We went through an intense interview process because I was conscious of the fact that I had known him a long time and I didn’t want to fall into the trap of appointing him just because I knew him.

“The trust was always there but I wanted to do things right and that meant putting him through an intense interview.

“He ticked things outside the box and he showed great attention to detail. I’m sure he will be a great member of staff whom I will lean on heavily.

“He is steeped in the local rugby league scene in Dewsbury and he’ll be able to use his experience and contacts in the amateur game to pick out lads who want it and who just need and deserve a chance.”

Sheridan played at Dewsbury Moor, as did elder brother Ryan, from the age of five.

“I’ve been steeped in the game ever since,” he added. “I went on to play for Sheffield and Batley and I’ve been involved in the local scene for the past 12 years, ever since my playing days came to an end.

“Matthew took me through a full interview process. He sent me a video of an Oldham game and asked me to identify aspects of the performance in which improvements could be made on both attack and defence.

“I then met Matthew and Chris (chairman Chris Hamilton) separately for a scrum-down in which we discussed things like structures, criteria and, in Matthew’s case, what he expected of everyone. He will leave no stone unturned, that’s for sure.

“We had to make sure we were all facing the same direction and breathing the same air — that’s very important.

“A few days after the interview Matthew rang me and offered me the job and I told him there and then I was thrilled and delighted to accept.

“All my hard work in the amateur game over 12 years is now paying off and I can’t wait to get started.”



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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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