Williams and Cadd earn promotion

Date published: Wednesday, June 9, 2010

ALISTAIR Williams and Michael Cadd, two top performers in Oldham’s successful reserve side, moved up in the world last night when they were invited to train with the Roughyeds’ senior squad.

“The club has in place a pathway to the first team and Alistair and Michael are now at the start of it,” said Roughyeds’ reserve-team coach John Hough.

“They will be training once a week with the first team from now on as reward for outstanding performances in the reserves over the last few weeks.”

Williams, a 22-year-old centre, has scored a hat-trick of tries in each of the Reserves’ last two games against York and Hunslet.

He played at Waterhead as a junior and then had spells with Warrington and Wigan before having a brief courtship with Roughyeds four years ago and then settling down with Hollinwood.

“I’m enjoying every minute of my time at Oldham now,” said Williams, “and I was chuffed to bits when I was pushed in the direction of the first team. It’s nice to score tries regularly too. I love doing that.”

Big prop Cadd, also 22 and another Oldhamer, was at Wigan as a boy before he returned to the amateur game with Higginshaw.

Like Williams, he has scored regularly this season and has made a big impact when coming off the bench.

“Both players are now on the bridge that leads to the first team,” said chairman Chris Hamilton.

“We hope this promotion will keep them focussed, hungry and keen to fulfil their potential.”

In his role as president of the RFL, Hamilton will be in Whitehaven tomorrow (Thurs) to attend the funeral of Garry Purdham, a 31-year-old former Workington and Whitehaven player who was one of the 12 victims of last week’s Cumbrian shootings.

The Oldham chief will dash back from Cumbria to be a studio guest on Radio Manchester’s Rugby League Show between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

“It’s at times like these that the rugby league world rallies as one and acts like a family,” said the Roughyeds chairman, whose RFL presidential year of office ends next month.

To mark the occasion and to recognise his crusade to keep professional rugby league alive in Oldham over the past 13 years, Roughyeds are to hold a President’s Dinner at the Whitebank Stadium on Thursday, July 8.

Hamilton will be the speaker; leading referee Ian Smith will host the event; and Billy Bender will be the comedian.

Tickets priced £25 per head or £250 plus vat for a table of ten are available from the Roughyeds office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel: 0161 628 3677) or by email to rachaelorlfc@btconnect.com

Roughyeds are planning a big day at Whitebank on Saturday when their reserves play Sheffield Eagles (kick off 3.00pm), followed by a big-screen viewing of the GB v France Test match at Leigh, followed in turn by a switch to soccer and the showing of England’s opening game in the World Cup against USA.