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A Second Young Warrior Joins Roughyeds

WE are delighted to announce that we have further strengthened our squad for 2021 with the capture of a second young player from the renowned Wigan Warriors school of rugby league skills and sciences.

Max Roberts
Max Roberts
Like his 19-year-old Wigan Academy team mate Ben Holcroft. 20-year-old Max Roberts is also looking to pursue his career in a different direction and has chosen Oldham, and head coach Matt Diskin, as the club and the tutor to show him the way.

They have each been at Wigan for several years and have played together at scholarship, academy and reserve-team levels.

In last year’s Super League under-19s Grand Final they formed a centre-wing partnership together in the 22-10 win against arch rivals St Helens, each scoring a try.

Saints included John Hutchings, another young player who later signed for Roughyeds and has since agreed a new deal for 2021.

Roberts, like Holcroft, has signed a one-year contract and is eagerly looking forward to a new challenge in first-team football at a level only one rung down from Super League.

Said Diskin:

“Max is a very talented young player with a great attitude. He is itching to get started with us and we are looking forward to working with him. He’ll be pushing for a spot in the back-row or at centre.”

From Atherton, near Leigh, he started at Leigh Miners as a boy and then moved on to Blackbrook Royals in St Helens before signing for Wigan on scholarship forms at the age of 15.

Diskin and club chairman Chris Hamilton convinced him that he could do no better than sign for Oldham.

Said Max:

“We talked about the club, the game generally and Oldham’s goals and targets for next year and beyond and I liked what I heard. At Wigan I mainly played centre or second-row, but I’ve also had a dabble at hooker.

“Growing up as a boy all I ever wanted to do was to sign for Wigan. I’m glad I did because I was really happy there, but it was time to move on and in sport, as in life, there’s always something else turns up. 

“Oldham was definitely the best option for me and now, like Ben, I’m really looking forward to a new chapter at Oldham and facing up to the new challenge of playing in a different environment in the Championship.”

He is currently studying for a degree in coaching and physical development and he also has a part-time job.

Our squad, as announced so far, numbers 21 and includes eight new signings in Tyler Dupree (Leeds Rhinos), Martyn Reilly, Luke Nelmes, Tommy Brierley (all Dewsbury Rams), Ben Heaton (Hunslet), Shaun Pick (Batley Bulldogs), Ben Holcroft (Wigan Warriors) and Max Roberts (Wigan Warriors).

Backs: Lewis Charnock, Dave Hewitt, Tommy Brierley, Cam Leeming, Dan Abram, Ben Heaton, John Hutchings, Ben Holcroft, Max Roberts.

Forwards: Danny Langtree, Tyler Dupree, Martyn Reilly, Luke Nelmes, Matthew Fletcher, Matty Wilkinson, Gareth Owen (capt), Jack Spencer, Liam Bent, Phil Joy, Ed Smith, Shaun Pick.



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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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