Dewsbury Rams: Kelly calls for squad-naming rethink for ‘part-time’ clubs

Neil Kelly
Neil Kelly
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SQUAD-NAMING RULES should be relaxed for part-time teams faced with two games in a short space of time, Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly says.

Rams are at home to Toulouse Olympique in the Kingstone Press Championship on Sunday, just four days after a vital 20-16 win away to Oldham Roughyeds.

Toby Everett

Toby Everett

Kelly’s side remain second from bottom in the table, but are now 10 points clear of Bradford Bulls, level with Swinton Lions and only one behind Oldham.

Rams were also in action last Sunday, when they lost 64-11 at table-topping Hull KR and Kelly said: “I may have to make changes for the Toulouse game, because some of the players have already played two games in a short period of time.

“We don’t seem to have any injuries from Wednesday, but sometimes they don’t become known until a day or two after the game. I have to name a 19-man squad for Sunday on Friday, but we don’t train until Friday night.

“I think maybe a slight change to the deadline needs to be looked at in certain situations, because it is unrealistic to expect any coach to name a 19 when you don’t know if players are fit until after training.”

Dewsbury are hoping to sign prop forward Toby Everett from Championship rivals London Broncos in time for him to feature against Toulouse.

The 21-year-old, who was born in Hampshire, has been on loan at Toronto Wolfpack.