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New Deal for Leeming as Squad Building Continues

WE are pleased to confirm that centre Cameron Leeming will again be at the club in 2021. He has signed a new one-year contract and, like other members of the current squad who have agreed new deals, he has said how much he enjoys being at Oldham.

The 25-year-old Leeds-based personal trainer made the Roughyeds' left-centre spot his own after arriving at the club from Dewsbury Rams in June, 2019 and making his debut in a win at Workington.

Of the remaining ten League One games that season, including home play-off victories against Doncaster and Newcastle Thunder en route to promotion to the Betfred Championship, he played in nine, all but one of which ended in victory.

The only one he missed was the important win at Hunslet and that was because he pulled up the week before at Coventry with a damaged hamstring. The one defeat in that exciting, late-season surge to promotion was at Whitehaven.

He signed his second Oldham contract to stick with us in this curtailed 2020 season, missing the first two games due to injury, and he has now put pen to paper a third time as we build towards 2021 and another crack at the Championship under the leadership of head coach Matt Diskin.

Overall, his Oldham record is 14 games, of which ten were wins, and five tries.

Said Matt:

"We are delighted to have Cam back. He's excellent for us across the back line, whether it be at centre or wing. He's a big, athletic back who can quickly can get us on the front foot."

The player himself said there was never any doubt about his re-signing once he knew there was an offer on the table.

He added:

"Once it was known we wouldn't be playing again until next season. the club wanted to get cracking early on getting the 2021 squad together and get as much done as possible as early as possible.

“In my case, it was very simple and very easy because as long as the club wanted me to stay, I was always going to stay. It was what I wanted as well.

“I’ve loved my rugby at Oldham. I like everything about the club and I’ve told other players that who’ve asked me what it’s like at Oldham.

“We haven’t been told yet when we will be back in for pre-season training, but I would expect about the end of October or the beginning of November if all goes to plan with the pandemic and the guidelines.

“It’s been a very frustrating time in the past few months and I can honestly say I’ve never looked forward as much to the start of squad training again, as I do now. Generally speaking, it’s not something players are relishing after just a few weeks' break, but this year it’s different and I think the other lads will all think the same."

A Leeds lad, Leeming played at Stanningley as a boy, then spent four years in the Leeds Rhinos youth scheme before moving on to Wakefield Trinity’s academy.

A year in Australia, playing for a Sydney Roosters feeder club, came next and on his return to England he had spells with Hunslet and Keighley Cougars in League One and Dewsbury Rams in the Championship before coming to Oldham.

"We look to be building a good squad, " he added, "and I'm really pleased to be part of it. The forwards look as though they're going to be strong and the backs can benefit from that. Bring it on, that's what I say."

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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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