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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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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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