IT'S been a roller-coaster ride over the past six months for Oldham.
Last October, the Roughyeds were just 80 minutes away from reaching Super League.
The Lancastrians reached the Grand Final in spectacular fashion and fancied their chances of beating Widnes Vikings in the Spotland showdown.
But it was all to end in tears as Widnes took the honours 24-14 and this weekend are preparing to face their first game in Super League.
Oldham, on the other hand, are still attempting to pick up the pieces.
Highly-rated coach Mike Ford, who had done so much to guide the club to the brink of Super League, departed four games into this season to become the defensive coach of the Irish rugby union team.
It was also around that time that influential prop Leo Casey announced his retirement, while fellow top-line forward Simon Knox moved to Leigh.
Yet with John Harbin having taken over the coaching reins from caretaker boss Mark Knight, Oldham now appear to be getting back on track.
Harbin worked wonders to keep Wakefield in Super League and he is surely the ideal man to turn the fortunes of the club around.
No-one relishes a big challenge as much as Harbin, and knocking Oldham back into a shape is a big challenge.