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New-boy Declan in Oldham squad

DEC O’Donnell, our latest loan signing, goes straight into the Roughyeds’ 21-man squad for Sunday’s visit of Midlands Hurricanes to the Vestacare Stadium, 3pm kick-off.

The Irish international, aged 23, and noted for his all-action displays, is one of FIVE loan lads in Stu Littler’s initial 21, alongside half-back Robbie Butterworth (Wakefield), centre Connor Carr (Huddersfield), second-row forward Dane Windrow (Wakefield) and loose-forward Nyle Flynn (Batley Bulldogs).

Helping towards the costs involved was another donation from Squad Strengthener, the fund created by contributions from supporters and administered by John McAndrew and his wife Lynda.

Some fans contribute with monthly direct debit payments while others prefer to make a one-off payment. To join, or seek more information, speak to John on 07980129541 or email him at: mcandrewj@aol.com

Said Club chairman Chris Hamilton:

”Squad Strengthener continues to help the club in contributing towards the funding of players. On behalf of the club, a big thank-you to all concerned."

Wigan born and bred, O’Donnell is in his second spell at Workington. He has also been with Wigan, Leigh and London Broncos and he was lined up to go to Ottawa before the Canadian club put its English plans on hold.

After signing O’Donnell for the second time, Town coach Chris Thorman said:

”Having Dec and his infectious enthusiasm back is only going to benefit us."

The hooker’s call-up, replacing Dave Hewitt, means there are three hookers in the 21 — Brad Jinks, Sean Slater and the new boy.

Said coach Stu Littler:

“Dec trained with us for the first time on Thursday and he quickly integrated with the squad.

“We were sure Brad Jinks had fractured a wrist, but the injury clearly wasn’t as bad as first feared. Brad trained and we are waiting now to see if he suffers a reaction and then we’ll look at him again on Saturday.

“We’ll have to be on our mettle on Sunday because Hurricanes have had some good results. Despite the loss to Swinton, we had plenty of desire and energy and there was clearly something to build on."

He said a lot of emphasis in training this week was placed on attack and on individual and team discipline.

Luke Nelmes and Robbie Butterworth have been suspended for one and two games respectively, but the bans don’t start until Tuesday, so both are free to play this weekend.

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