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Young centre arrives in new dual-reg agreement

OLDHAM have entered a dual-registration agreement with Wakefield Trinity and have immediately recruited young centre Jack Croft, who trained with Roughyeds last night (Thursday) and will be in contention for Sunday evening’s trip to Whitehaven.

In recent seasons Roughyeds have enjoyed a good relationship with the Super League club whose young prop Titus Gwaze is currently on a month’s loan at Oldham and played his first game at Toulouse Olympique last Saturday.

Winger Lee Kershaw and full-back Luke Hooley have also played for Roughyeds on loan from Trinity in the relatively recent past, while Gwaze is in his second spell at Oldham.
Croft, aged 18, is the first Trinity youngster to arrive under the new dual-reg agreement, which will be in place for the full season.

Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton:

“We have always enjoyed a good relationship with Chris Chester (head coach) and Michael Carter (chairman) at Trinity and this latest development is an extension of that.

“In terms of recruitment one of the things we have struggled to combat this season is the introduction of reserve-team rugby in Super League with the result that there haven’t been as many players knocking about as has been usual in recent years.

“We’ve also been struggling with early-season injuries, particularly in the centre positions, and from Trinity’s point of view dual-reg will allow them to send out younger players to gain valuable experience at a club like ours but not necessarily for a minimum of a month, which applies with a loan agreement.”

He added:

“Jack (Croft) is very highly regarded at Wakefield. He played in three Super League games last season although he is still only 18.

“He is on the verge of more regular first-team selection at Wakefield and is very well thought of. over there.

“He was the first player to be signed by Trinity who was born in the new millennium and he had the distinction of scoring on his debut in a Challenge Cup tie against St Helens.”

OLdham coach Matt Diskin said he was delighted to welcome Croft on board and to enter the new arrangement with Wakefield.

He added:

“Jack is a very talented young player. He is a very skilful lad and for a teenager he is strong and well built so it is easy to see why he is close to first-team rugby at Wakefield.

“He will definitely be in contention for our trip to Whitehaven on Sunday evening.”

A product of Keighley Albion, he is described on the Trinity website as a “class centre” who joined their Academy in 2017 and went on to sign a first-team contract in September, 2018.

On the injury front James Worthigton (groin), John Hutchings (hamstring) and Cameron Leeming (hand) will be checked out finally at training tomorrow (Saturday).

Leeming trained with the squad last night and if he suffers no adverse reaction he is said to have a good chance of being cleared to play at Whitehaven, as is Danny Bridge, who dislocated a thumb against Widnes and didn’t play in Toulouse.

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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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