DEWSBURY RAMS will be stronger next season, coach Glenn Morrison says.
Rams’ encouraging campaign ended two days ago when they were beaten 31-22 at league leaders Leigh Centurions in the Kingstone Press Championship qualifying semi-final.
Morrison’s side were sixth on the league table – one place higher than last year – and recorded play-offs wins over Workington Town and Halifax before bowing out.
“We’ve had a good year,” Morrison said. “I am just disappointed we didn’t go one more step. But we wanted to improve on last year and we have done. We will have to improve again next year, because it is going to be a tough competition. We have got a good squad, off the field the club is in a good place and we are excited to get going again.
“We will definitely be stronger next year. A fair few of our more experienced players have been missing for long periods this year because of injury. We have got them to come back in and we have made some good signings, so I am confident we can kick on again.”
Recruits for next season include Dalton Grant (from Barrow Raiders), Ryan Fieldhouse (Halifax), Josh Barlow (Swinton Lions), Sam Wood (Bradford Bulls), Toby Adamson (North Wales Crusaders) and Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs).
Meanwhile, Morrison was proud of his players despite their defeat at Leigh. He said: “Probably the situation of the day got to them a bit in the first half. They didn’t stick to the plan, but I spoke to them at half-time, we regrouped and got ourselves within touching distance. The bounce of the ball went against us and they scored a couple of tries, but the boys really ripped in and I was proud of them.”
Morrison said pre-season training for the 2015 campaign will begin in early November, giving Rams six weeks to prepare ahead of the traditional Boxing Day game against Batley.