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Upbeat messages from Reilly and Dupree

AS the start of pre-season training for 2021 draws nearer, new signings Tyler Dupree and Martyn Reilly have used our social media platforms to send ‘getting to know you’ messages to Roughyeds fans.

The two front-row forwards, Dupree from Leeds Rhinos, Reilly from Dewsbury Rams, say how much they are looking forward to their first training session as Oldham players and also to the first time they will be playing for Roughyeds, hopefully with Oldham supporters inside the ground.

Said Reilly:

“This is a quick message just to say how much I’m looking forward to starting pre-season training as an Oldham player. We’ve been away from the game for a long time and I can’t wait to get back.

“Disco and Chris have really made the best of a bad situation and have built a very strong side for 2021. As a player, that’s something I’m really looking forward to being a part of.

“You guys (Oldham fans) have a lot to be excited about. As I say, Disco and Chris have made some good signings and have kept hold also of a lot of good players from last year.

“I’m looking forward to meeting all you guys — hopefully at the first game if restrictions are lifted — and getting to know you. Here’s to a good 2021.”

Dupree, also talking to Roughyeds fans on the club’s social media sites, expressed similar upbeat thoughts about his move to Oldham, and added:

“I can’t wait to get my first training session as an Oldham player under my belt. Hopefully, we’ll see you at the first game. Stay safe — and stay well.”

Oldham currently have a playing roster of 27 contracted players who will be under the command of head coach Matt Diskin and his two assistants in fellow Yorkshiremen Brendan Sheridan and Jode Sheriffe, who will double-up as a player.

Reilly and Dupree are among 12 new signings, the others being Luke Nelmes, Liam Kirk and Shaun Pick (all forwards like Reilly and Dupree) and backs Tommy Brierley, Ben Holcroft, Ryan Ince, Ben Heaton, Max Roberts, Callum Green and James Barran, a local lad who lives in Lees and was a Wigan Warriors product, like Holcroft, Roberts and initially Green, although he was latterly with Warrington Wolves.

To make the squad of 27 they join 15 players who were here previously and need no introduction to Oldham fans, namely Jack Spencer, Phil Joy, Jode Sheriffe, Matty Wilkinson, Gareth Owen, Danny Langtree, Matthew Fletcher, Ed Smith, Liam Bent (all forwards) and Dan Abram, Kyle Johnson, Cameron Leeming, John Hutchings, Lewis Charnock and Dave Hewitt (all backs).


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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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