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Leeming Optimistic as New Season Looms

DESPITE the heavy defeat at Featherstone and his own problems with hamstring trouble, centre Cam Leeming is upbeat and optimistic about how Oldham will fare in the Betfred Championship this season.

He would love to be available for selection for the first round Betfred Challenge Cup tie against Barrow Raiders at Bower Fold on Saturday week, March 20 (kick-off 12.45pm), but coach Matt Diskin is anxious not to bring him in too soon.

Hamstrings can be very problematical and Diskin believes he needs another two or three weeks of intense training with the squad in order to prove his fitness.

“We’ve got to do what’s best for both Cam and the team,”

said the Oldham boss as he prepared his squad for this Saturday’s warm-up clash with Halifax Panthers (4pm), which fans can watch live on OuRLeague, although the game will be played behind closed doors.

Perhaps a more realistic target for Cam to return would be the opening game in the Betfred Championship, which will be against Swinton Lions at home on Good Friday, April 2, three weeks away. In the meantime, he’ll be working his socks off in a bid to get back sooner than that.

He said:

“I had a little setback with it last week. I can’t wait to get back playing again, it’s been a long time between matches, but to be honest I’ve had a frustrating pre-season because of injuries. I’ve not yet been able to get myself going again.

“If I’m honest, I’d take getting back into training properly at this stage.

“Even though I knew I wouldn’t be playing at Featherstone, I got a real buzz in the days leading up to the game.

“Watching it, I felt there was a lot I could offer to help the team on the edges and that made me keen to play even more.

“Despite the final score, I liked the new boys we brought in and that made me quite optimistic. I thought the middles showed some good stuff and I was really impressed with James Barran, who showed plenty of nice touches.”

A personal trainer with his own business in Leeds, Leeming has been able to ‘play around’ with weights at home, but he described as a “challenge” the restrictions and protocol surrounding Covid training.

He added:

“I’ve just enjoyed seeing all the players and staff again after so long away. I’m fortunate that I’ve got some weights to have a play-around with at home but, with no gyms open, I know some lads have struggled regarding that side of the game. “

The 2021 Betfred Championship was officially launched on OuRLeague last night by Ralph Rimmer, Clare Balding, Danika Priim (Leeds Rhinos women) and Gareth Walker, the Daily Mirror’s rugby league man.

The general view was that 2021 would provide the strongest-ever Championship, boasting many former Super League stars, with Featherstone Rovers, Toulouse Olympique and London Broncos among the pace-setters.

Walker said it would be a hugely-competitive division of the highest quality and he expected at least eight teams to be chasing the top six play-off spots.

+ Oldham season-ticket holders have been provided with a free access code to watch this Saturday’s friendly with Halifax live on OuRLeague. Cost to other fans is £4.99 if purchased by Friday or £10 on the day of the game.

Any season-ticket holder who has not yet received the code needs to contact the club via email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk



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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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