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Sheriffe comes in to replace the Law Man!

BUILDING for the Betfred Championship, newly-promoted Oldham have replaced Scott Law with another experienced front-rower from Yorkshire in 33-year-old Jode Sheriffe, formerly of Halifax, Bradford, Keighley and Dewsbury.

He’s signed a one-year deal after an approach by Roughyeds’ new boss Matt Diskin and talks with club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Said Diskin:

“We needed a big, craggy prop up there in the middle, especially so since Scott Law headed off to Australia.

“Like Scott, Jode has been around a long time and he knows the game inside out. We’ve done well to get him because there aren’t a lot of players about who fit into that mould.

“He’s passionate about the game — always has been — and he’s the sort of personality who will be good for us around the club and in the dressing room as well as on the pitch.”

Capped by Jamaica and from a family that’s steeped in rugby league, his elder brother is Simon Grix’s newly-appointed assistant coach at Halifax, Rikki Sheriffe, and his younger brother Jesse has played for several clubs in Yorkshire.

Said Jode:

“The Championship is a tough competition, but it will be a challenge I’m relishing. I can’t wait to get started.

“From what I gather Oldham seems to be a closely-knit, family-type of club and that was one of the main things that appealed to me when I talked to the chairman.

“I was looking for something new when Matt messaged me and asked me what I was going to be doing next season. Then I met Chris (Hamilton) and it all moved on from there.

“I’m passionate about rugby and about the development of kids in the sport. Family is also very important to me and one of the reasons I love rugby so much is because its like one big happy family.

“In all the talks I’ve had with different people, the Oldham club came across as a good place to be and that was a big thing in my decision to sign.”



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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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