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Roughyeds snap up another young ex-Rhino

OLDHAM are delighted to announce the signing of a second young player who has passed through the hugely demanding and highly professional development programme at Leeds Rhinos.

First it was prop Tyler Dupree, a 20-year-old prop-forward; now we can confirm the signing on a one-year contract of 23-year-old wing or full-back Tommy Brierley, who was on scholarship and academy forms at Leeds from the age of 14 until he was 20.

Tommy Brierley

In Tommy’s case, Matt Diskin — once a Leeds legend — is hoping a change of direction and a move across the Pennines will bring a change of luck for the Dewsbury-born utility back, who has suffered more than his share of early-career injuries.

While at Leeds he played for Yorkshire Academy and was also chosen to take part in a special scheme in which selected youngsters get to work with the first team in a bid to fast-track their development.

He ultimately signed for York City Knights in 2017, aged 20, played five games — and damaged a knee. It involved an anterior cruciate ligament and it restricted his appearances, by this time at Hunslet, to four in the same 2017 season, four in 2018 and two in 2019.

Having made a full recovery, he joined Dewsbury for this curtailed 2020 season and, before Lockdown, played in two pre-season games and also in a Challenge Cup win at Whitehaven.

Said Diskin: ”

We’re all from Dewsbury and both Brendan (assistant coach) and I know the lad very well. He’s a very talented kid who has had some injury problems.

“He’s over them now and there’s absolutely no doubt at all that if he can stay free of injury he has the talent to play and do very well indeed for us in every position in the back line.”

Said Brierley:

“I’m well over my injury setbacks now and I’m feeling good. Matt knows me from my Leeds days and I know Brendan from his time in the amateur game in Dewsbury, where we both live.

“When I spoke to Matt and then to Chris (chairman Hamilton) it was so obvious that the club was ambitious to do well and was heading in the right direction.

“It sounded to be a great club to be at and I wanted to be part of it. I’m really looking forward to a new chapter in my development.

“My preferred options are full-back or wing, but I’ll play anywhere in the backs if called upon to do so. There are some really good players at Oldham already. The club seems to be quickly building a good squad.

“The Championship is of a very high standard, but I’m sure we can hold our own.”

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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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