Awards Dinner

DON’T FORGET . . . the Awards Dinner is this Thursday, October 6 (7pm) at Whitebank. Few places still left at £25 for three-course dinner, all the presentations, speeches by chairman and head coach, a video presentation of an unforgettable year by our ‘movie man’ Peter Gray and a photographic presentation on the same theme by our official club photographer Dave Murgatroyd.

Most of the players and coaching staff will be in attendance on what promises to be a memorable evening for players and supporters alike.

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Palfrey moves on

OLDHAM RL have confirmed that Lewis Palfrey, stand-off, goalkicker and club captain for the past four years, has left the club to join derby rivals Rochdale Hornets.

Roughyeds offered him a new and improved contract for 2017, they said, but he turned it down.

Palfrey (26) has played in 96 games for Oldham across the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, scoring 22 tries, 350 goals, three drop goals and 791 points.

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Excited Oldham sign Broncos’ playmaker

SCOTT Naylor has described Oldham RL Club’s capture of London Broncos’ half-back Scott Leatherbarrow as “an exciting one that shows how the club is progressing.”

Leatherbarrow (26) played 17 times this year for a Broncos side that finished second to Leigh Centurions in the regular Championship season and then took Salford Red Devils to the wire for the right to play in the Million Pound Game.

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Burke bolsters the engine room

THE relevance of prop power and front-row domination is reflected in Scott Naylor’s team-building operation for next season.

Having re-signed Phil Joy, Jack Spencer and Michael Ward, the Oldham boss went out and recruited a fourth front-rower in Ben Davies from Whitehaven.

He’s now added a fifth by retaining Joe Burke for a second year on a new contract.

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Now Owen puts pen to paper

ANOTHER corner-piece of Oldham RL Club’s 2017 jigsaw was put in place today when Gareth Owen, described by coach Scott Naylor as “one of our main men”, signed a new one-year contract with his hometown club.

It will tie the 24-year-old former Salford Red Devils hooker to Roughyeds for his third full season — one in which Naylor is backing him to play even better than he did in the Championship campaign that’s just finished.

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Ward, Hope in Irish Squad

OLDHAM’S impact prop Michael Ward has been rewarded for an impressive season of Championship rugby by his inclusion in Ireland’s train-on squad for World Cup qualifying games against Russia and Spain next month.

Ward (25), Oldham born, wins his first international recognition in Mark Aston’s 40-man squad, qualifying because his paternal grandfather left Galway as a young man to settle in the Oldham area.

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Time to celebrate at awards dinner

OLDHAM’S end-of-season awards dinner will be at Whitebank on Thursday, October 6 (7pm) when players and fans together will celebrate the club’s achievement in consolidating their place in the KP Championship in their first season at that level.

“To win one game in every three after going up from League 1 was tremendous” said chairman Chris Hamilton.

Tickets cost £25, including three-course meal, and fans are advised to book as soon as possible on 07904898177.

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Two-year deal for new-man Davies

OLDHAM have made their first new signing for 2017 with the arrival on a two-year contract of 26-year-old prop-forward Ben Davies, who has played in Super League for Wigan Warriors, Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings.

Most of his 37 games at top level were with Widnes and he then had a spell in the Championship at Halifax before going to Whitehaven, where he played 56 games across the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

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Burke in Welsh Training Squad

JOE Burke is included in a 29-man Welsh training squad to complete a full set of personal targets for the season.

When he signed for Oldham last March, the Newport-born prop (25) said his short-term goals were to earn a regular place in the Roughyeds’ squad, to help his new club to stay in the Championship and to win a recall for Wales.

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Sammy signs on again

SAMMY Gee has abandoned plans to hang up his boots in favour of having one last season in Oldham RL colours.

Major factors in his decision were the backing of his day-job boss and head coach Scott Naylor’s acceptance of his request for a more settled role within the squad.

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Roughyeds limp over finishing line

BATTERED and bruised, Oldham RL have limped over the finishing line at the end of their first season of KP Championship rugby with several players facing a race against the clock to be ready for a return to training in November.

Craig Briscoe, whose first season at the club has been severely disrupted by a serious knee injury, is waiting for an operation to reconstruct the joint.

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Mixed Emotions for Spanner

ASSISTANT coach Lee Spencer gave an insight into what went wrong as Oldham’s roller-coaster first season in the Kingstone Press Championship ebbed to a tame finale.

In a game that had little significance for the Roughyeds, Scott Naylor took the opportunity to take a back seat and to put Spencer in charge for the day.

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Flash Sale

CALLING all fans . . . a Flash Sale of club merchandise, with 50 per cent OFF, will be held tomorrow (Saturday, September 17) between 9am and 11am from the club office/sponsors suite at Whitebank Stadium.

Among other things, polos, hoodies, celebration shirts and replica shirts (limited sizes) will be available.

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Langers on 99 not out

DANNY Langtree, a “major doubt” for Oldham’s last game of the season at Dewsbury on Sunday (3pm), may have to wait until early next year to make his 100th appearance for the club.

His milestone match looks certain to be put on hold because of his painful shin injury.

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Birthday boy Kenny signs new deal

KENNY Hughes’s best 26th birthday present was a new contract to extend his stay at Oldham RL, the club he has been with since he arrived to play in the reserves in 2011.

He’s the 11th member of the current squad who will be back next year and the fifth who has worked for Scott Naylor since the boss succeeded Tony Benson in the autumn of 2012.

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For club and coach…

TALES have emerged of the heroism of Oldham RL players in the dramatic win that secured a second season of KP Championship rugby.

Several turned out carrying injuries, bravely helping Roughyeds to a thrilling 20-18 win against Whitehaven in the 32nd game of a long, 33-match season.

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Tackling machine Thompson signs new one-year contract

LIAM Thompson, Oldham RL Club’s tackling machine, is the latest player to sign a new one-year contract.

His new agreement, covering 2017, commits him to Roughyeds for his fifth season in a row.

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Ground Plans Moving Forward

HAVING successfully cemented its place in the Kingstone Press Championship next season, Oldham RLFC can confirm that it is in talks with Stalybridge Celtic to play at Bower Fold again in 2017 and that it is also in discussions with Oldham Council and other parties regarding the development of Whitebank Stadium.

Contrary to reports out today, the club can also confirm that the debt to the Council is substantially less than has been quoted and that we have been speaking to OMBC for a considerable time regarding the site as a whole and the potential for improvement.

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Massive Achievement – Chris

A COLLECTIVE sigh of relief swept through Bower Fold when Oldham RL Club beat Whitehaven 20-18 in a thriller to keep their place in the KP Championship and to send the Cumbrians down.

Club chairman Chris Hamilton said it was a “massive achievement” in regard to the future development of the club.

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