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Beckett will be staying at Rovers

JIMMY Beckett, the young prop whom Featherstone Rovers last week recalled from his loan spell at Oldham, will not be coming back to the Roughyeds in a hurry.

The up-and-coming 20-year-old originally joined Matt Diskin’s men on a season-long loan but, after 28 days here, Rovers always had the insurance of a call-back clause and they used it last week so he could play for his home-town club in the Coral Challenge Cup win against Hunslet.

Rovers couldn’t use their own loan or dual-registration players in the cup-tie so they got Beckett back and played him off the bench.

Diskin, the Oldham coach, said the club would know more later about Rovers’ immediate plans for Beckett beyond the Challenge Cup victory.

It may be of academic interest only, given that the RFL has now suspended all matches because of the virus crisis, but Rovers coach James Webster has since made it clear that Beckett will be staying where he is for the foreseeable future.

It’s now looking likely that all games will continue to be suspended beyond the RFL’s initial deadline of April 3, but notwithstanding that possibility, Webster is still adamant that Beckett will figure in his plans if matches resume by Easter.

He said: “We’ve got Easter coming up and then Toulouse away (always assuming matches are being played again by then) so we can’t afford to have players out on loan. He’ll be staying with us.

“He’s done alright at Oldham and they were desperate to keep him. He’s done good minutes there and he’s enjoyed the experience , but we need him here now.”



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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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