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Abram Jnr signs as cover for hooker

YOUNG hooker Jamie Abram, who’s been at Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves and Dewsbury Rams, has signed for Oldham until November 30 this year.

Aged 20, Jamie is the younger brother of our full-back Dan Abram and the son of Darren, an Oldham centre in the 1990s.

Jamie Abram
Jamie Abram

Said chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Jamie recently got his release from Dewsbury because he was experiencing problems travelling from Warrington.

“He’s a good, young player we were already aware of and with Matty Wilkinson out for most of the season, Jamie will provide cover.”

Head coach Matt Diskin has always wanted three hookers and he has them now in club captain Gareth Owen, livewire Declan Gregory and the younger Abram.

Technically, he has four with Wilkinson, but in reality only three for this year’s Championship challenge because of Wilkinson’s serious injury.

The original plan was to go with Owen, Wilkinson and Gregory, but Diskin will now have specialist hookers in Owen, Gregory and Abram all pushing for either a place in the starting line-up or a spot on the bench.

Diskin, himself a hooker of outstanding ability in his playing career, commented:

“Jamie is a quality young player from a good rugby league family.

“He’s got a great work ethic and he’s well aware of – but not fazed by – the challenge that lies ahead of him and the fact that he has a lot of experience in front of him (in the selection process).

“That alone says a lot about the lad.”

Abram, who trained with the squad last night (Tues) for the first time, played in the youth section at Warrington RUFC from the age of five and switched to rugby league at 14 when he joined Latchford Albion.

He became a Salford Red Devils scholar at the age of 16 and later played for Warrington Wolves under-19s before going back to Salford in the Reserves and then on to Dewsbury Rams.

He said:

“It will be a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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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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