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Nelmes back to complete unfinished business

OLDHAM are delighted to announce this evening that big, craggy prop Luke Nelmes will be back to toughen-up the Roughyeds’ front-row in 2021.

The former Halifax prop-forward, aged 27, had a great season for us in 2018 and he is thrilled-to-bits to be on his way back after signing a one-year contract.

He said:

“I can’t wait to get back and see the Oldham fans again, especially big Kev!”.

Talking exclusively to the Roughyeds’ website, this popular fans’ favourite reminded everyone that his previous spell at Oldham didn’t end as planned.

After playing in 27 out of a possible 30 games here in 2018 — all of them as an impact prop off the bench — Nelmes quickly signed another one-year deal, but after figuring in the first league game of 2019 — a 28-32 home defeat by Workington Town — he surprisingly disappeared from the scene and ultimately left the club.

Later that summer he signed for Dewsbury Rams and played three games for the Yorkshire outfit towards the end of the 2019 season before re-signing for 2020 and establishing himself as a Rams’ starting prop early this year before the Lockdown.

In the last game played before the Lockdown he helped Dewsbury win 24-6 at Bower Fold. We held them to 6-6 at half-time but lost our way in the second half when we conceded 18 unanswered points.

Said Roughyeds’ boss Matt Diskin:

“We simply couldn’t handle him (Nelmes). He’s a massive handful for any opposing pack. He just rolled us over down the middle. I’m delighted he’s coming back to Oldham. He’ll be a massive addition for us in 2021.

“He needs no introduction to Oldham fans, who know all about him from 2018. He now wants to improve on what he did for the club back then, in terms of attending to what he calls ‘unfinished business’.

“He’s a big, rough lad and he’ll do us proud.”

Nelmes said:

“I do have unfinished business to do at Oldham, as Matt says, and I can’t wait to get back and get cracking. The fans at Oldham are brilliant. I loved my time there in 2018.

“At the end there were a few issues away from rugby, but I’ve got my head back on now and I think I’ve got a point to prove. That’s what I intend to do.

“All being well, we’ll be back in proper training in November and I can’t wait, I’ll tell you.”

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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.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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