Oldham assistant coach Brendan Sheridan is out of Intensive Care after being treated for coronavirus.
Sheridan, a former coach of amateur club Dewsbury Celtic, contracted the virus at the end of last month but is now breathing on his own whilst continuing to recover in hospital.
Since the news was released, messages of support have poured in from all across the rugby league community, while several players even began the ‘run a mile for Brendan’ initiative, where they would run a mile in support of Sheridan, before nominating someone else to do the same.
In a statement released on the official club website, Oldham chairman Christopher Hamilton said: “I am delighted to report that Brendan is now out of Intensive Care and is breathing on his own. The last couple of weeks have been very worrying, not least for his family, but in true “Shez” spirit he has continued to fight this awful virus and hopefully he is now over the worst.
Keep on fighting Brendan! ??♂️
— Oldham RLFC (@Roughyeds) April 15, 2020
“He is still in hospital and is on a long road to recovery but we are delighted to know he is getting better and the support he has had from everybody at the Roughyeds and from the wider rugby league family has genuinely touched him and his family.
“As we all prepare to come out at 8pm tonight to clap our key workers and NHS staff it would be nice for us to all clap that bit harder to show our appreciation on behalf of Shez to all those who have looked after him so far whilst remembering those who have been less fortunate.
“Stay strong Brendan, we are all rooting for you.”