Nicholson excited by return to Rams

Matt Nicholson is coach Lee Greenwood's latest signing and has returned to Dewsbury Rams eight years after he last played for the club.
Matt Nicholson is coach Lee Greenwood's latest signing and has returned to Dewsbury Rams eight years after he last played for the club.

Dewsbury Rams have swooped to make a further five signings as Lee Greenwood continues to build his new-look squad for next season.

Late last week, the Rams signed promising young prop forward Jack Wray from Castleford Tigers academy, along with 21-year-old second rower Liam Johnson, who was with the Huddersfield Giants academy, while also having loan spells at Oldham, Sheffield Eagles and Bradford Bulls.

The duo came hot on the heels of prop Jordan Andrade signing from Gloucestershire All Golds and the Rams added a fourth new player in the space of a week with Matt Nicholson returning to the club eight years after he last pulled on a Dewsbury shirt.

Second rower Danny King became the latest to join the Rams yesterday.

The 21-year-old had a stint with Bradford Bulls but has spent time out of professional rugby league and joins the Rams from the amateur game.

Front rower Nicholson admitted he was excited to be returning to the Rams and believes his experience from his time away will stand him in good stead for the rigours of Championship rugby.

Nicholson said: “A few things made me want to sign back (for Dewsbury) one was the challenge of playing Championship rugby.

“I have had a few injuries in the last few years so I have spent the last two and half years playing in League One.

“However I want to be back in the Championship, I want to be an effective member of this squad in this division.

“Lee really sold the club to me with what he wanted to achieve at the Rams, everything he said I liked so it made it an easy decision to come back.”

“My personal goal is to nail a regular spot in the team and play week in, week out. I want to be the first name on that teamsheet. I want to prove that I can not only play at this level but be someone who people talk about.

“I was only 19 or 20 years old last time I was here so I was still learning the game. I have adapted my style and I’m a lot bigger and heavier and I am able to shift people round a bit more.”

The Rams will host a ‘meet the players evening’ on Friday December 21 in the Royal Suite at Tetley’s Stadium.

The evening comes just five days before many of the new signings will get chance for a first run out for the Rams when they meet Batley Bulldogs in the traditional Boxing Day Challenge at Mount Pleasant.

The club will also reveal the 2019 playing kit at that meeting.