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Top young prospect signs for Roughyeds

OLDHAM have followed up the coup of capturing the services of long-serving Danny Langtree for two more years by announcing the arrival of one of the sport’s top, young prospects in former Leeds Rhinos young gun Tyler Dupree.

Said to be a “great prospect”, 20-year-old Dupree has chosen to sign for Roughyeds on a one-year deal, much to the disappointment of several other Championship clubs who were well aware of the young prop’s potential.

Tyler Dupree

“I knew immediately that Oldham was the club for me when I met Matt Diskin for a coffee.”

“Everything he said fitted in with my thoughts on the game and my hopes and aspirations for the future,” said Tyler in an exclusive interview with the Roughyeds website.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started at Oldham and to progressing my game under Matt, who was a legend at Leeds in his playing days.”

As a boy, Tyler had ambitions to make the big-time in soccer as a goalkeeper, but on one memorable occasion he was asked to play out of goal and his man-to-man marking was so rough that he was advised to turn to rugby. He did. Football’s loss was rugby league’s gain.

Born and brought up in Halifax, he joined the Siddall club; was pitched into the front-row; and the rest is history.

From Siddall, he passed through the Halifax Elite Rugby Academy — a stepping stone into the pro game for lots of talented lads — and ended up, aged 16, on scholarship at Salford Red Devils.

Tyler takes up the story.   

“While at Salford, I had a couple of games at Halifax on loan. Leeds Rhinos must have had a scout there because they moved in and I went to Leeds as a third-year Academy lad. We reached the Academy Grand Final and I then signed first-team with the Rhinos and went out on loan to first Featherstone, then York, then Batley.

“I was to be out of contract this year and I think it was Brendan Sheridan who put me on to Matt, who made an immediate impression and convinced me that my best move was to sign for Oldham.”

Tyler has played for Yorkshire Academy against the touring Australian Schoolboys and has also been involved with the England Performance Unit.

A delighted Diskin said of Dupree:

“He’s a very talented young prop who has been in the first-team squad at Leeds and has come through the Rhinos systems. He still has a bit of maturing to do as a front-row forward, but what a talent!

“With ability like that, he has the rugby world at his feet. We’ve had to face a lot of competition to get him and that says a lot about him and a lot about his potential. I’ve absolutely no doubt that if he works hard and applies himself at Oldham he will have every chance of returning to Super League in the not-too-distant future.”



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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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