Morrison will hand trials to local amateur players

Matthew Haggerty
Matthew Haggerty

Dewsbury Rams will field at least two trialists when they travel to Keighley Cougars for their second warm-up game on Thursday January 23.

Coach Glenn Morrison has revealed that some local amateur players trained with the Rams last season and will be rewarded with a run out against the Cougars.

Morrison was reluctant to name the players in question but is adamant they could be rewarded with a contract if they impress.

The coach said: “We have put a lot of time and effort into these players and wouldn’t want them snatched from under our noses at the last minute.

“A couple trained with us last year and they have really come on, one of the lads has represented BARLA, and they will now get a chance to come in and play.”

With Dewsbury hosting Bradford Bulls just three days after the Keighley trip, Morrison said that the more senior players would be rested for the visit of the Super League big guns but this would give fringe players a chance to stake a claim for a first team place against the Cougars.

Morrison has also been impressed with the way his new signings have settled in.

He added: “Matthew Haggarty has come on in leaps and bounds and has been responding by doing extra training. We are really pleased with him.

“Anthony Thackeray is a class act, Tom Hemingway has fitted in well, Wagga (Wayne Godwin) is a great leader and you can tell Louis Sheriff has played in a full-time environment with the way he does little things and talks to other players.

“Overall things are very positive and we have built a squad that has strength in depth. That means when we have players injured we have cover in every area, which was a major part of our recruitment.”