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Fletcher cleared to play

OLDHAM have today received clearance from Australia to play 19-year-old Matthew Fletcher, starting in tomorrow night’s friendly with St Helens at the Vestacare Stadium (7.30pm).

The former Waterhead youngster, who has returnd home after a year playing in Queensland, has signed a two-year contract at Oldham.

He will now be added to Matt Diskin’s original 17-man squad and will be in contention to face a young, but hugely talented Saints squad.

“I think I might be coming off the bench,”

said Fletcher, a forward who was with Bradford Bulls Academy before going to Australia and playing in the Brisbane area.

OLDHAM (from): Aaronson, Abram, Bent, Bridge, Brook, Charnock, Fletcher, Hewitt, Igbinedion, Johnson, Joy, Kay, Langtree, Owen, Spencer, Smith, Wilkinson, Worthington.

Saints play London Broncos on Sunday in a testimonial game but they were keen to get the other members of their first-team squad in action, hence the inclusion of eight of them in the squad to come to Oldham.

Watch out for centre Matt Costello, a 21-year-old who played 11 first-team games last season, and teenage halves Josh Simm and Lewis Dodd.

All eyes too will be on centre or wing Nico Rizzelli, who signed from Rochdale Mayfield and has been given a first-team squad number after only one season in the under-19s.

It isn’t every day a Super League club comes to Oldham, albeit with a hugely talented Select side, so its an opportunity for Oldhamers and all the local youngsters who aspire to reach the sport’s highest level. to take a look at the standards they need to reach.

It’s a good opportunity also for Oldham fans to get behind their team and see how a newly-assembled Championship squad will cope with an up-and-coming side from the outstanding club in the game.

ST HELENS (from): Abel, Rizelli, Costello, Simm, Nisbett, Crook, Dodd, Hazzard, Eaves, Eckley, Batchelor, Weldon, Royle, Nash, Siyani, Davies, Pye, H McDaid, Sambou, Barton, Brooks, K McDaid.

The match at the Vestacare kicks off at 7.30pm. Admission prices £10 for adults and £2 for under-16s with a £2 across-the-board transfer to seats.


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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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