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.”

Club Cash Lottery

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

he 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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