Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison admitted he was proud of his team’s efforts during the course of the season, despite last week’s disappointing semi-final defeat.
Morrison has helped build the Rams reputation on and off the field as the Reserve side won their Grand Final, while Dewsbury were named Championship club of the year.
Speaking after last Sunday’s defeat to London, Morrison said: “We’re all feeling disappointed. The boys worked hard all year to get themselves into that position and it’s frustrating to have come so close to getting to the final.
“We did well in the first half but then London scored two quick tries to make it 16-all at half-time when we could have been comfortably ahead and gone on to win the game
“At half-time, I still thought the game was there to be won but we went from completing at 85 per cent in the first half to 52 per cent in the second - you can’t match any team like that, let alone a full-time side like London.
“We got to within a game of a Grand Final, our Reserves started from scratch and won their Grand Final and we won the Championship’s Club of the Year, so that shows we’re doing something right.
Anthony Thackeray and Kieran Hyde have confirmed they will be leaving the club but the Rams have done well to keep hold of other key personnel, who had been attracting interest.
Morrison added: “We’ve had a lot of clubs coming in for our players and offering a lot more money than we can, but players want to stay here which is a good sign.
“They enjoy being at the club and they appreciate the culture we’ve developed here.”
Morrison is planning a family holiday to recharge the batteries before plotting an assault on what is sure to be another tough Championship next season.
He said: “It’s been a long year and I’m looking forward to a break. The family is going away for a couple of weeks I’ll have a bit of time off but then we’re straight back in.
“We’ve been planning our pre-season already and I’m looking forward to getting back into things and building for an even better year in 2016.”