Centre Cam signs new deal at Oldham
Reporter: Roger Halstead
Date published: 28 August 2020
Ambitious Roughyeds say they will have a hugely competitive tier-two squad in 2021
Centre Cam Leeming came to Oldham Rugby League Club in June, 2019 in time to play a huge role in the club's promotion to the Betfred Championship and now he has confirmed his commitment to seeing Roughyeds establish themselves in the sport's second tier.
The 25-year-old former Hunslet, Keighley Cougars and Dewsbury Rams utility back signed a new one-year deal to cover this pandemic-ruined 2020 campaign in the higher division and he has now signed a third Oldham agreement in a bid to see his ambition realised in 2021.
"I'd love to see us comfortably placed in the Championship and with the squad that's being assembled for next year I think we can achieve that," said Leeming, who played in ten of Oldham's last 11 games in 2019 -- nine wins --- as Roughyeds surged to promotion.
Roughyeds won only one of their five Championship games early this year, before the COVID-19 Lockdown caused the campaign to be declared null and void, but Leeming is confident that the club can enjoy a more successful start in 2021.
He added: "I've loved my rugby since coming to Oldham. I like everything about the club, especially the fans, and I've given the club a big wrap when asked about it by other players who were considering a move to Oldham."
He becomes the tenth player on the Roughyeds' 2021 roster behind current colleagues Danny Langtree, David Hewitt, Matty Wilkinson, Matthew Fletcher, Lewis Charnock and club captain Gareth Owen and new signings Tyler Dupree, Luke Nelmes and Tommy Brierley.
Head coach Matt Diskin said of Leeming: "We are delighted to have him back with us next year. He's excellent for us across the back line, whether it be at centre or wing. He's a big, athletic kid who can quickly can get us on the front foot."
Leeming said there was never any doubt about his re-signing once he knew there was an offer on the table.
"In my case it was very simple," he added, "because as long as the club wanted me to stay it was a done deal. It was what I wanted as well."
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