Dewsbury Rams has again been a hive of activity this week with Lucas Walshaw and Kyle Trout both penning new contracts for the 2019 season and the club announcing the signing of prop forward Jordan Andrade but half-back Gareth Moore has retired from the professional game.
Walshaw joined the Rams in 2015, initially on loan from Wakefield Trinity, before signing a permanent deal in 2017 and the centre or second row started 21 games for Dewsbury last season and made a further six appearances from the bench, scoring six tries.
Trout signed for the Rams in November 2015 from Wakefield, where he played 24 Super League games and the back rower has proved a pivotal player in ensuring Dewsbury remain in the Championship.
Yesterday evening it was also announced that the Rams had signed 26-year-old Andrade, who has worked with Rams head coach Lee Greenwood at Gloucestershire All Golds.
The prop forward said: “When a club like Dewsbury comes knocking its an opportunity you just can’t turn down.
“I am going to be 27 years old next season and so I am coming to the back end of my career now, so I just want to string a few good seasons together at a good club.
“I am from Huddersfield so I am local and I know all about Dewsbury, I have had a few mates play here before so I know it is a good club to play for. I am excited to have a good dig myself.”
Moore meanwhile announced his retirement yesterday, Wednesday, having signed for the Rams in 2017.
Moore was restricted to just nine appearances last season after suffering concussion while playing against London Broncos before a foot injury ended his campaign.
Moore said: “It comes with a deep heart that I have to retire from the game I have loved since I was four years old. I have a fast-growing business which takes up all of my time, and the commitment of being a semi-professional rugby player isn’t easy while doing this.”
Moore’s career also saw him have spells at Batley Bulldogs - where he won the 2010 Northern Rail Cup - Featherstone Rovers, Halifax RLFC, Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity and York.