Oldham RLFC chairman recovering at home after hospital release

Drew Darbyshire
Chris Hamilton Oldham RLFC chairman SWpix

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League 1 club Oldham RLFC have confirmed that chairman Chris Hamilton is now recovering at home after being released from hospital.

Hamilton was taken ill on March 6 and was receiving treatment in the Royal Oldham Hospital.

But he has now back in the comforts of his home.

An Oldham RLFC statement read: “We are delighted to announce that our club chairman Chris Hamilton is now out of hospital and back home.

“He wishes to sincerely thank everyone who sent him good wishes and to say how much they bucked him up.

“He has been told to spend a few days resting and recuperating so in the meantime vice-chairman John Roddy will be at the helm.”

League 1 campaign

Stuart Littler will take charge of Oldham for the first time in 2022. The Ireland international coach arrived on a two-year contract covering 2022 and 2023.

Brendan Sheridan, who has already spent two years at the club, will assist Littler.

The role will combine with his continued Ireland duties, who will feature at this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

He was most recently in charge with Swinton in 2021, before leaving the club.

In his playing career, Littler made more than 450 career appearances. He began his career at Salford, before joining Leigh.

The Ireland international also represented Rochdale and Swinton in his career. He led the Lions to their highest finish in 21 years – ninth in the Championship table in 2019.

Oldham will play their home games at Vestacare Stadium in 2022. They open their campaign against Keighley on March 27, before travelling to Hunslet. 

Elsewhere in League 1: Cornwall sign Fijian from Army

Cornwall RLFC continue to add to their side ahead of the League 1 campaign with the signing of Josh Tora.

Tora was born in Fiji and raised in the southern hemisphere. He moved in 2008 and joined the Royal Navy after settling in England.

The utility-back has represented the Royal Navy rugby league side in matches against fellow armed forces sides.

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