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Oldham swoop for ‘big, strong, athletic’ forward

OLDHAM have strengthened their forwards with a New Year’s Eve swoop for Daniel Igbinedion, a Londoner who has played more than 50 senior games for Championship side Dewsbury Rams in the past three seasons.

Daniel Igbinedion
Daniel Igbinedion

Aged 24, he has lived in the North for the past five years, having come up here to sign for Castleford Tigers and having since played for Featherstone Rovers, Sheffield Eagles and, in the main, Dewsbury.

“He’s a good addition to the squad,” said Roughyeds’ coach Matt Diskin.

“He’s a big, strong lad, very athletic and a player who can give us additional power and go-forward. He’s also got a good off-load.

“He’s got lots of Championship experience and I see him as a middle-channel man, who will complement the talents of our other forwards.”

Igbinedion, who has signed a one-year contract, played 27 games for Dewsbury last season — eight more than his fellow-forward Jode Sheriffe, who has also signed for Roughyeds.

Cameron Leeming also figured in the same Dewsbury team in the early part of last season before coming to Oldham where he played a major role at centre in the Roughyeds’ surge to promotion on the back of 11 wins from their last 12 games.

Igbinedion will train with Roughyeds for the first time on Thursday night but a decision on whether he will be involved in the trip to Barrow on Sunday won’t be made until later.

“We’ll take a look at him first and then decide,”

added Diskin, who now has a squad of 21.

Raised in the youth set-up at London Broncos, Igbinedion did enough in his 21 games for Oxford to attract the attention of Super League Castleford Tigers.

He signed for Tigers, who sent him out on loan to Dewsbury, for whom he made 15 appearances in 2017 before Featherstone signed him.

Short spells followed at Featherstone and Sheffield Eagles and by midway through the 2018 season he was back at Dewsbury, where he had made a big impression on loan the year before.

Fifteen games in 2017, another 15 in 2018 and 27 last season take his Dewsbury total to 57.

“I’ll be 25 next month and I’ve got a fair bit of Championship experience so I’m looking forward to a fresh start at Oldham,”

said Igbinedion, who will be added to a pack panel that now comprises of Phil Joy, Gareth Owen, Jack Spencer, Danny Langtree, Danny Bridge, Liam Bent, Matty Wilkinson, Ben Davies, Jode Sheriffe, Ed Smith and the new boy.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

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