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Sheriffe delay is new setback

UNLUCKY Oldham Rugby League Club, who will play at London Broncos on Saturday without SEVEN senior players, have suffered a new setback involving experienced prop Jode Sheriffe.

After waiting for knee surgery for more than a year because of Covid restrictions, he was finally due to have it last Friday only to be told on the morning of the procedure that it would have to be put back even further.

He’s waiting for relatively minor surgery with an estimated recovery time of two to three weeks and with a full pack of senior forwards currently on the casualty list, Roughyeds were hoping 34-year-old Sheriffe, their most experienced front-rower, would be back soon.

Now, they don’t know when he will get his operation and when his name can be scratched from their long injury list.

A philosophical club chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“This is really bad luck for Jode, who has been waiting so long for his surgery, but hopefully we will get another date soon.”

Matt Diskin’s provisional 21-man squad for Saturday’s Betfred Championship game against London Broncos at Rosslyn Park RU Club (2pm kick-off) is without forwards Martyn Reilly, Liam Kirk, Shaun Pick, Phil Joy and Danny Bridge as well as experienced backs Ben Heaton and Ryan Ince.

Youngsters Jamie Abram and Jack Bibby, two new signings, are in the 21 for the first time, while John Hutchings, who can play in the backs and the forwards, is included for the first time this season.

Half-back James Barran is back in the squad after injury and utility back Kyran Johnson, who can play anywhere in the outside backs, keeps his place in the squad as he strives to make the cut for the first time this year after a back problem.

Squad: D Abram, J Abram, Barran, Bent, Bibby, Brierley, Charnock, Dupree, Fletcher, Green, Gregory, Hartley, Hewitt, Holcroft, Hutchings, Johnson, Langtree, Nelmes, Owen, Roberts, Spencer.

Full-time Broncos, still without a point, are looking to recall first-choice halves Jarrad Sammut and Cory Aston after injury.

Both are in their early squad and are expected to play in a game which Oldham fans can watch on Our League .

Squad: Aston, Blackmore, Boafo, Chamberlain, Davis, Egodo, Fozard, Gwaze, Hankinson, Hindmarsh, Hodson, Leyland, Lovell, Meadows, Miski, Navarette, Ogden, Richards, Sammut, Walters. Williams.

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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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