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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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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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