OLDHAM Rugby League Club, whose assistant coach Brendan Sheridan nearly died from Covid-19, have unveiled a new club T-shirt which will raise funds for local NHS charities.

The shirt carries the NHS logo on a background of its rainbow colours with half the profits being donated.

"The club is showing its appreciation of the amazing work done by the NHS and other key workers during the pandemic," said club chairman Chris Hamilton, himself an NHS volunteer worker.

"We have been wanting to do something like this for a while but it is only now, with lockdown easing, that factories are able to accept orders."

Made of durable polyester and available in all sizes, the shirt is on sale at £29 and can be pre-ordered on the club's website before midnight next Sunday, June 28.

The club's normal badge is replaced by a blue logo supporting NHS and key workers, which was launched several weeks ago.

Father-of-three Sheridan, 41, was on a ventilator and in a coma for two weeks at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield at the height of his fight for life.

He is now recovering at his home in Dewsbury.

“When I left hospital one of the physiotherapists shed a tear and said it was a miracle I had pulled through,” Sheridan said last month.

“I owe my life to those wonderful NHS people. Physically I feel fine now, but mentally it’s hard to process everything that’s happened to me and everything that continues to happen to other people."

His club's special T-shirts have already been sold outside Oldham in Wakefield, Walsall and Sunderland.

This isn't the first time the Betfred Championship club has backed the NHS.

A home game in their 2019 League 1 promotion campaign was dedicated to the NHS and all NHS workers, including ambulance personnel, got in for a cut-price £9.99.