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Staying up is absolute minimum — Aaronson

HARRY Aaronson, who played for Oldham on loan from Swinton Lions last season, is thrilled to have signed a one-year contract that makes him a fully-fledged member of his home town club’s Betfred Championship squad.

The 21-year-old University of Leeds student scored four tries in nine Roughyeds’ appearances last season but missed the exciting charge to promotion, via the play-offs, because he had booked a holiday before coming to Oldham.

“It was booked to follow the end of Swinton’s season, but then I came to Oldham, who were still playing when I was due to go,” he explained.

“I tried to get a holiday refund, but I couldn’t so there was nothing else I could do about it. I was bitterly disappointed, but I was home to watch the Promotion Final and it was awesome, especially so when taking into account that Newcastle had probably spent ten times more than us in putting their squad together.”

New coach Matt Diskin is delighted to get him on board as a signed-up member of the squad.

He said:

“Harry is a talented young kid. He is an exciting prospect who will add depth to the squad and that will be invaluable as the season progresses.”

Aaronson, whose family home is in Saddleworth, played for Rangers as a boy, then went to Huddersfield Giants Academy and on to Swinton Lions in 2015, scoring two tries on debut at Coventry as a 17-year-old.

He went to Keighley in 2018 and then back to Swinton in 2019. They loaned him to Oldham, initially for one month after Roughyeds lost four wingers in a few weeks.

Lee Kershaw was recalled by Wakefield Trinity, Aaron Jones-Bishop was ruled out for the season with a knee injury, Kyran Johnson suffered a broken jaw and Harry Maders went down with an unknown allergy.

When the month was up Swnton extended the loan to the end of the season.

In year three of a degree course in Social Policy, Aaronson can boast three appearances for England Universities against New Zealand, the Armed Forces and GB Teachers.

Looking ahead to life in the Championship, he said:

“Like Titch (Ritchie Hawkyard) said at the Awards Night, we have no egos. The lads just want to play and get the job done.

“It will be tough next season but we’ve kept the nucleus of the squad together and brought in a few new players to replace those who have gone.

“We’ve got to regard staying up as the absolute minimum. I honestly think we can get above the bottom few and be looking up rather than looking down.”

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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.

Best of luck!

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