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Jack's Experience and Leadership Earn Him New Deal

ON and off the field in the last five seasons Jack Spencer has been able to walk tall as a loyal, hard-working and much respected player and person.

As the son of a former assistant coach, he also knows the club inside out.

Typically, while talking publicly about his new one-year deal at Oldham, he focused on one of the new signings coming in — prop Luke Nelmes, with whom he played in the Roughyeds' pack in 2018.

“We’re building a good squad and a big pack,”

said Jack who, at 29, will stand a good chance of being the side’s senior citizen in 2021.

He added:

“It’s great to have Nelmsie (Nelmes) back. I was gutted when he went last time. He’s a good forward and a good bloke. I’m really chuffed he’s back.”

Formerly with Salford, Halifax and Barrow, and also having played in Australia and France, Jack can look forward to reaching 100 games for Oldham. He’s currently on 99, having first signed for the club for the start of the 2016 Championship campaign.

His consistency is without question — 20 appearances in 2016 (Championship), 24 in 2017 (Championship), 26 in 2018 (League One), 23 in 2019 (League One) and all six in this curtailed 2020 Championship season.

He added:

“I had five or six weeks off work early on in the lockdown, but since then work has kept me really busy. I’m looking forward to getting back into rugby mode, though, because I’ve been playing since I was six and this is the longest I’ve ever been out.

“We didn’t make the best of starts on our return to the Championship in February and March, but we’d only just got going and we’ve every reason to believe it should be a better start next time.

“I’m looking forward very much to starting training again and seeing how we go.”

Head coach Matt Diskin said of Spencer:

“We are delighted to have Jack on board again. He has a good, positive attitude; he fits in really well with the rest of the squad; he’s good to have in the dressing room; and he has great leadership skills.

“He’ll also complement other members of the squad who are a similar age to him.”



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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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