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Phenomenal Bent Delighted to Sign New Deal

LIAM Bent, whose obsession with tackling is legendary at Oldham, has signed a new one-year deal covering 2021 so he can aim to achieve his ambition of helping Roughyeds to consolidate in the Betfred Championship.

Said by coach Matt Diskin to possess a “phenomenal” work rate, 22-year-old “Benty” regularly tops 50 tackles a game and his re-signing will be welcomed by coaches, fellow players and fans alike.

In each of the two full seasons he has been at the club, both in League One in 2018 and 2019, he was named as supporters' player of the year. His 24 appearances in 2019 included games at loose-forward against Doncaster in the qualifying semi-final for promotion and then in the play-off final against Newcastle Thunder, which Roughyeds won 18-14 to book their place in the Championship for 2020.

Having made his debut in the Championship in March, 2017 against Batley Bulldogs, he has clocked up 70 games in total, scoring eight tries.

He was only 19 when he first donned Oldham colours against Batley, coming off the bench in a side of which only another five players were still at the club when this current season went into lockdown – Dave Hewitt, Ben Davies, Gareth Owen, Danny Langtree and Jack Spencer.

Confirmation that Hewitt, Owen, Langtree and Spencer will again be in Matt Diskin’s squad in 2021 has already been announced.

Said Bent, who arrived in Oldham via Wigan St Jude’s and Salford Red Devils:

“I’m over the moon to sign again. Once they offered me another deal it was a given. The club has done a lot for me in the past three and a half years and the decision to extend my stay was an easy one.

“Hopefully, we can hit the ground running next time and make things happen for us. Some great lads from this year have already re-signed and we’ve got others coming in so we’ll have a good, strong squad and hopefully we’ll do well.

“On a personal note, I’ve been doing as much training as possible during the pandemic; at times a little bit too much perhaps. I’ve been doing two sessions a day at the very least and there have been weeks when I’ve hit 20 sessions.

“I can’t keep still and do nothing; it’s not in my nature. I want to make sure I’m all ready to go for the start of pre-season training. I’ve missed it a lot, just like I’ve missed the company of the other lads; the banter, the camaraderie, the lot. I can’t wait to get back.”

Diskin said of his fitness fanatic:

“He’s a fantastic player who genuinely enjoys tackling. His work rate is phenomenal; he’s got to be fit to work like that.  We are delighted to have him back on board.”

The club has confirmed so far that 13 players are contracted for 2021.

Backs: Tommy Brierley, Cameron Leming, Lewis Charnock, Dave Hewitt.

Forwards: Tyler Dupree, Luke Nelmes, Martyn Reilly, Jack Spencer, Liam Bent, Matty Wilkinson, Gareth Owen, Danny Langtree, Matthew Fletcher.



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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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