Club captain Owen signs new deal

WE are delighted to announce that long-serving club captain Gareth Owen has signed a new one-year contract, at the end of which he will have been at his home-town club for seven and a half seasons, five of them as captain.

Having joined us from Salford Red Devils, where he had played 38 Super League games, ‘Gaz’ Owen wore Roughyeds colours for the first time in a 24-23 home win against Hunslet on July 27, 2014.

Of the players on duty that day only Phil Joy, Owen himself and Danny Langtree were still at the club for this curtailed 2020 campaign.

Team: Nield; Agoro, Cookson, Ford, Clay; Roper, Palfrey; Joy, Owen, Boults, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Robinson, Ward, Wood, Tyson.

Apart from a period when he suffered a freak foot injury, Gaz has been more or less an automatic choice at hooker for all the time he has been at the club, making a total of 137 appearances and scoring 16 tries.

In his first season at Oldham he was in the side that lost 17-16 to Hunslet in the 2014 Grand Final at Headingley after a golden-point extra-time drop goal by Thomas Coyle. A lot of hearts were broken that day.

A year later though he was in the side that won the first of his two promotions, either side of the 2017 relegation when the side was ravaged by injury, including Owen’s mysterious foot complaint — the only time in his career that he has been side-lined for any length of time.

When he was offered a new contract to cover the 2021 season there was never any doubt, he said, that he would again sign on the dotted line.

He added:

“I’m buzzing. So long as the decision was mine, I wasn’t going anywhere. I only want to play for Oldham.

“It’s been a terrible year — no rugby — and, like the other lads, I can’t wait to get going again. I’ve been working through the pandemic but with no training and no games, I’ve had lots of time on my hands and I’ve been playing loads of golf and doing a bit of cycling to try to keep in reasonable condition.

“We look to be getting a good squad together and we seem to be investing in a big, mobile pack which will help Wilky (Matthew Wilkinson) and me and hopefully set the platform for the backs to do the rest.”

Head coach Matt Diskin, himself a hooker in his playing days, said of Owen:

“He’s captain of the club and very important to the squad and to the team,

“He’s genuinely passionate about the club, the team and the town and when a local lad cares like that and also has the experience and the ability that Gaz has, then he is naturally a very important member of the team and the club.

“We are delighted to have him on board again.”

Roughyeds have now announced the names of nine players who are contracted for 2021 — new boys Tyler Dupree, Luke Nelmes and Tommy Brierley, plus Lewis Charnock and Matthew Fletcher who are on two-year deals, plus Danny Langtree, Matty Wilkinson, Dave Hewitt and Owen who have agreed new deals.

Club Cash Lottery

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: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he 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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