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Smith battling back after his operation

OLDHAM forward Ed Smith is happy that his latest knee operation was a success.

The surgeon removed a torn cartilage from the knee on which the former York City Knights captain had previously had two reconstructions after cruciate ligament damage.

This latest operation, performed on July 11, was a minor one compared with the others and was in no way related.

Smith now hopes to be ready to play again within a couple of months.

He said:

“I’m due to see the surgeon again this Saturday but as far as I can tell the operation went well. It was straightforward; he just took out the cartilage.

“It might be a couple of months before I can play again but I will be talking to the surgeon to see when I can start gentle exercise and begin my rehab.

“I bought a bike early on in the lockdown so I’ll be back on that as soon as I’m allowed.

“The fact that there is no rugby at present is no good for most of the lads but, to be honest, it suits me for obvious reasons. Training wise, we are all doing our own thing anyway and I’ll be working hard to get back to match fitness as soon as I can.

“The surgeon will tell me on Saturday what I can do and what I can’t do and, hopefully, it won’t be long before I’m back on the bike.”



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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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