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Young Wigan Winger Seeks New Challenge at Roughyeds

ON Tuesday night this week it was hugely-experienced second-row forward Shaun Pick, once of Featherstone Rovers, Toronto Wolfpack, Sheffield Eagles and Batley Bulldogs.

Ben Holcroft

This evening it’s a youngster who’s just starting out on his rugby league career — 19-years-old Wigan Warriors winger Ben Holcroft.

As our new-look squad for the 2021 Betfred Championship season continues to take shape, we are pleased to announce that we have brought in not only seasoned professionals who know where they’re going, but also young rookies who are looking for a new challenge and in whom we have the belief that they can go places.

Tyler Dupree and Tom Brierley are two such up-and-coming younger players and now we have another in Ben Holcroft, our latest capture from the production line at Wigan Warriors.

He has signed a one-year contract and he plans to show that he can hack it in a senior environment on his next step up the ladder.

He said:

It will be a big leap out of my Wigan comfort zone, but I know John Hutchings and some of the other lads who are already at Oldham and that will help me to settle in. I’m really looking forward to being part of the Oldham squad and getting the chance to show what I can do.”

A Wiganer, like Hutchings, he first showed promise as a junior at Ince Rose Bridge, attracting the attention of Warriors in his early teens. He played at Wigan for several years, working his way through scholarship, academy and reserve-team rugby and playing in a strong Wigan side that beat arch rivals St Helens 22-10 in the 2019 Super League under-19s Grand Final at the D W Stadium.

He scored one of Wigan’s tries in a side that included two players who have recently jumped to prominence at Wigan — brilliant half-back Harry Smith, who’s tipped for the very top, and full-back Umyla Hanley, Ellery’s lad.

Holcroft, still six weeks short of his 20th birthday, added:

“I loved my years at Wigan, but it was time to move on and seek a new challenge and Oldham convinced me it was the club for me.

I played centre when I first went to Wigan on scholarship, but my coach at that time said he preferred me on the wing and I’ve been on the wing ever since.”

Roughyeds boss Matt Diskin said of Holcroft:

He’s a big lad for an outside back and he’ll be pushing for a wing spot. Occupancy of the wing positions is still up in the air at the moment and Ben will have just as much chance as anybody else.

He’s very strong with the ball coming out of backfield and that’s essential for a winger in the modern game.

If he works hard, adapts to the change and strives hard to reach personal goals as well as those of the team and the club he’ll do well, of that I have no doubt.”

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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

The 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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