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Pick to bolster pack?

NEW signing Shaun Pick, the former Featherstone, Toronto Wolfpack, Sheffield Eagles and Batley forward, may make his Oldham debut in Saturday’s behind-closed-doors friendly at Bower Fold, kick-off 4pm.

He missed the loss at Feathrstone in the first of two pre-season games because of a calf injury, but he is said to have a chance of proving his fitness in time for weekend.

Jack Spencer could also be back for his first game in 12 months, but fellow-prop Tyler Dupree will probably be kept back for the Barrow Raiders cup-tie, having gone over on an ankle at Featherstone.

Centre Ben Heaton, who took a head knock last week, won’t play in this one because he will be following the RFL’s concussion protocol. Centre Cam Leeming, currently out with hamstring trouble, is itching to get back, but coach Matt Diskin won’t risk him in a friendly and says he needs “two or three weeks of full training” before he can be in the frame.

Of the five who missed the big defeat at Featherstone, only Pick and Spencer are likely to return this weekend and there will be checks later in the week on Phil Joy, who has a thigh injury, and others who played at the Millennium Stadium and picked up knocks.

Said coach Matt Diskin:

“One or two picked up knocks and pulls last week, which is what you would expect from the first game back after a year out .”

Speaking for the first time about the 58-10 defeat at Featherstone, he said:

“It was a disappointing result, but Featherstone are a great side and we have to take that into account.

‘It would be easy to get downhearted, but I saw a few things which, with a bit of hard work and fine tuning, could make a real big difference.”

Like Oldham, Halifax will also parade several new signings, including French prop Gadwin Springer, centre Greg Worthington from Toronto Wolfpacks and, most interestingly, centre Zack McComb, who has arrived at his home-town club after a year at Sheffield following his impressive spell at Oldham.

McComb was a key cog in Oldham’s 2019 promotion wheel and for him it will be a stellar moment in his career to line up against the club which gave him his big chance to break into the semi-pro game for the second time.

Also at The Shay now is new head physio Chris Melling, who was at Roughyeds for a short spell early last year.

Sean Pick image x SWPix



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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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