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Wilkinson injury setback in training

WE are bitterly disappointed and saddened to bring you the news that hooker Matty Wilkinson broke a leg while doing full contact training yesterday.

The thoughts and best wishes of everyone at the club — chairman Chris Hamilton, coach Matt Diskin, his assistants Brendan Sheridan and Jode Sheriffe, and all Matty’s fellow players — are with him.

Matty, who has been told he will need surgery when the swelling has gone down, will clearly miss the start of the season and be out for some time, though it is too early yet to be specific.

Said the chairman:

“This is all about Matty and his welfare, looking after him and helping him all we can to get back as soon as he can.

“He needs an operation and he can’t have it until the swelling goes down.

“I spoke to him yesterday and again today and he’s as well as can be expected, but nobody wants to miss the start of the season, especially in the present circumstances when the lads haven’t played for so long.

“He’s bitterly disappointed, obviously, as is everyone else at the club, for him.

“He has been training really well and, like everyone else, he’s been chomping at the bit to get back on the field, but he’s got all our support behind him and he can be assured that we are all rooting for him. I know supporters will be too.

“As I say this is all about getting Matty sorted and getting him back as quickly as we can.”

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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