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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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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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