A TOP-EIGHT finish in the Kingstone Press Championship is Dewsbury Rams’ initial aim for the season.
Glenn Morrison’s side kick off away to promoted Rochdale Hornets tomorrow (3pm) and revealing his goal for the next seven months, the coach said: “I think we’ve got to make the top-eight. It is going to be a tough competition, but I think we can get there. If we do and then we can go a step further I think we will have had a successful year, but we know it isn’t going to be easy.”
Rams lost their four trial games, but Morrison reckons they are going into the real business in good shape.
He said: “It has been a long off-season and the boys have been in ripping in. They’ve been given some tests over the friendlies we’ve had, but there’s two points on the line now and we are ready to go.”
Rochdale finished second in League One last term and beat Toulouse in the play-offs.
“They will have been focused on this since they were promoted last year,” Morrison said.
“It will be like their cup final and we know it’s one of the toughest games we could get first up, but we have been working hard, too, to make sure we get the two points.”
Wakefield Trinity full-back Max Jowitt, centre/winger Mason Caton-Brown and props David Fifita and Keegan Hirst have been named in Rams’ squad for tomorrow on dual-registration.