Early guilty plea makes Farrell available

Dewsbury's Joel Farrell,
Dewsbury's Joel Farrell,

Dewsbury forward Joel Farrell will be available for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-final against London Broncos, along with the Grand Final should the Rams qualify.

Farrell was charged by the RFL with Grade A striking with the knees in the 50th minute of last week’s Shield Super 8s fixture against Workington Town.

However, Farrell, who was shortlisted for the Championship’s young player of the year, submitted an early guilty plea, making him eligible for the knock-out stages.

A further boost for Rams fans is that leading try scorer Dalton Grant signed a new one year deal to remain at the club on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old joined Dewsbury from Barrow Raiders at the start of this season and his performances for the Rams have earned Grant a call up to the Welsh national squad.

Grant is now hoping to cap off a memorable season by helping the Rams to Shield final glory.

Grant said: “To pick up some silverware would mean everything. It would be a brilliant feeling to do something special with this special bunch of boys and cap off a great season together.

“The boys have all been friendly and they welcomed me in with open arms as soon as I arrived.

“When I came up, I didn’t know anyone but it’s just like one big family here. We look after each other both on and off the field and we’ve all got a great bond as a team.

“Hopefully we can finish the year with a bang.”

Dewsbury go into Sunday’s clash against London having already beaten the Broncos three times in the Championship, including a 25-16 success at the Super 8s stage, and also recorded victory in a pre-season game.

Coach Glenn Morrison knows his side will have to be fully focused for the clash and said: “We’ve played them four times and we’ve beaten them four times, but finals footy will be a completely different test.

“Whoever turns up on the day is the one who’s going to get the spoils.”

He added: “Mentality-wise, all the boys are switched on and it’s just up to us to do our job.”