Dewsbury Rams could hand prop Mitch Stringer his debut in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship Heavy Woollen derby at Batley Bulldogs.
Rams coach Glenn Morrison swooped to sign the 32-year-old after he was released by Sheffield Eagles last week and he has joined Dewsbury until the end of the season.
Morrison said: “Mitch is very experienced having captained title winning sides and he has signed with us and is a Rams player until the end of the season . He will come in in one of the areas where we have been struggling.”
Stringer played over 100 games for the Eagles and is set to get a first taste of Dewsbury action in the Heavy Woollen derby.
Dewsbury will be aiming to halt Batley’s challenge for a top four spot in the Championship.
Batley slipped out of the top four following last week’s 17-16 defeat at Bradford Bulls, with Halifax also leapfrogging the Bulldogs following their win at Dewsbury.
Batley have won both league derbies this season, overcoming the Rams 44-30 at Tetley’s Stadium on Good Friday and securing a 28-24 victory over the Rams at Summer Bash in Blackpool so Dewsbury will be keen to avoid a hat-trick of defeats against their old foes.
Morrison believes form will count for little when the sides clash a Mount Pleasant.
He added: “They could be sitting in first position and us last and it would still be a tough game and we will be going there for a battle.”
Dewsbury were without seven first team regulars for last week’s 24-8 defat at home to Halifax but Morrison is hoping to have a stronger side on duty at Batley.
Morison added: “The boys who put their hands up and played had each other’s backs and defended very well and I can’t knock that.”