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New boys win starting numbers

​ALL but one of Oldham’s five brand-new signings for the 2020 Championship campaign are included in the first 17 (a starting 13 plus four subs) according to squad numbers released this week.

Head coach Matt Diskin is guarded about the significance of his numbering allocation, but he makes the point that squad numbers have had to be earned and must now be retained on merit.

His first 13 includes Dan Abram at 1, James Worthington at 3 and Lewis Charnock at 6 — an indication, perhaps, of where Diskin anticipates these three new boys initially making their marks.

Jode Sheriffe, a fourth new boy, will wear 16 with John Hutchings, the fifth newcomer, at 19.

Three players were at the Vestacare Stadium on loan last season and are now fully-fledged Roughyeds on one-year contracts — namely Declan Kay (2), Adam Brook (18) and Harry Aaronson (20).

The full squad is numbered thus:

1, Dan Abram; 2, Declan Kay; 3, James Worthington; 4, Cameron Leeming; 5, Kyran Johnson; 6, Lewis Charnock; 7, Dave Hewitt; 8, Phil Joy, 9, Gareth Owen (capt); 10, Jack Spencer; 11, Danny Langtree; 12, Danny Bridge; 13, Liam Bent; 14, Matty Wilkinson; 15, Ben Davies; 16, Jode Sheriffe; 17, Ed Smith; 18, Adam Brook; 19, John Hutchings; 20, Harry Aaronson.

Said Diskin:

“You can’t read too much into the numbers, but I have to say they’ve got them because they deserve them, based either on what they did last season or what they’ve done in pre-season training.

“They know, though, that they have to work hard week in and week out to keep hold of the positions that the numbers represent.”

Diskin is expected to take his full 20-man squad to Sunday’s opening pre-season game at Barrow which kicks off at 2pm.

Roughyeds are still looking to bolster their ranks in time for the start of the Championship season, with the front-row a priority.

It will be an especially big day for Lewis Charnock and Dan Abram, who have both played for Barrow in the recent past.

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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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