Squad strengthener used again

Date published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ON-LOAN winger Rob Foxen’s extended stay at Oldham RL Club is being funded by Squad Strengthener.
It helped Roughyeds to sign Miles Greenwood — and it will now provide a significant chunk of Foxen’s wages.
He came from Swinton Lions on loan for a month initially, but he can now stay, on a week-to-week basis, to the end of the season.
That could be as early as September 2 or as late as September 30 if Roughyeds qualify for the top-six play-offs and reach the final.
“We’ll contribute to his wages while he’s here,” said Nigel Marland, chairman of the Supporters’ Association and one of three ORSA officials who administer Squad Strengthener, a fund built up by fans for the exclusive use of improving the squad.
He added: “Since we helped to sign Miles Greenwood more fans have contributed, and we hope to go from strength to strength in time for next season.
“For now, we are delighted to do our bit to keep Rob Foxen.
“Promotion may be beyond us, but we’ve four games left — three against teams already promoted — and it’s important we play well and go all out for the play-offs.”
Club chairman Chris Hamilton said: “This is the latest example of Squad Strengthener’s support. I would like to record the club’s thanks and appreciation.”
He revealed that Roughyeds were still trying to add to the squad for the run-in.
“We are in touch with a few clubs,” he said, “but with important games coming up they are not keen to let players go.”
The under-18s play their last match of the season against Halifax at Whitebank tonight (7.45), while the reserves go to Halifax tomorrow (8pm) needing to win by 14 points to finish second in the table behind Featherstone.
Jack Walker, the groundsman at Watersheddings for many years, has died in hospital, aged 77. His funeral is at 11am tomorrow (thurs) at St Mary’s, High Crompton, followed by interment at Crompton Cemetery.
Further details from Hedley Jackson, funeral directors, on (01706) 847422.