DEWSBURY RAMS have swooped to sign experienced Championship winger Rob Worrincy from Halifax, with second rower Billy Hayes also agreeing a permanent deal to join the club from Huddersfield Giants.
Worrincy has made just over 200 career appearances during two spells at Halifax and a two year stint with Sheffield Eagles, during which time he has become one of the most prolific wingers outside Super League, having scored 138 tries.
Hayes had a spell on loan at Dewsbury last season when he made four starts and two further substitute appearances and Neil Kelly has rewarded the promising 19-year-old with a deal to join the Rams for 2018.
Hayes is now looking to establish himself as a Championship regular and told the new-look Dewsbury Rams website: “Neil gave me a chance by starting me at the Summer Bash and it really gave me confidence. He showed that he believed in me, and that’s what you want in a coach.
“My personal goals are to play as many Championship games as I can next season and to try and cement my position in the starting line up.
“The club can definitely aim high next season. We had a solid finish to 2017 and hopefully we can take more steps forward next year.”
Kelly added: “Rob is going to be bring vast experience and competition to the wing spots.
“That’s an area where I’m looking for significant improvement next year, while I am also pleased to have made Billy a Rams player after he impressed last season.”
In a further boost for Rams fans, veteran half-back Paul Sykes has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract with the club, despite indicating he may retire at the end of last season.
Sykes featured in 30 matches for the Rams last season, four after coming off the bench, and he scored eight tries, while landing 82 goals and three drop goals including the match winning effort in the 13-12 victory over Batley at the Summer Bash.
Kelly has hinted that at least one other signing could be brought in to further boost the squad with a front rower top of his list.
He said: “I’m still looking to recruit a front rower to complement the middle players already at the club.”
The Rams squad returned to pre-season training on Monday when conditioner Adam Mitchell put the players through various tests.