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Richard Slater has made the decision to step down as Dewsbury Rams first team assistant coach due to work commitments.

A popular former player, Slater was announced as head coach Glenn Morrison's assistant in September, but the Rams boss will now seek out a replacement ahead of the 2013 season.

"When Rich took the job he was interviewing for a senior position at work, and the great thing for him is that he got the job," explained Morrison. But he thought about how it would affect his role with us and spoke to me about it, and he wants to do the right thing for the club."


The Dewsbury Rams first team squad returned for pre-season training on Wednesday evening and today the club can confirm the dates of three friendlies to take place ahead of the 2013 Northern Rail Cup and Championship campaigns. The Rams will travel to Mount Pleasant on Boxing Day for the annual Boxing Day Derby against Batley Bulldogs.

Warren Jowitt's men made it an unhappy first game in charge for Bulldogs coach John Kear in 2011, and the former Challenge Cup winner, who coached current Rams boss Glenn Morrison at Wakefield in 2010 and 2011, will undoubtedly be out for revenge. This match always attracts a bumper crowd and remains an important part of the festive season for families from across the Heavy Woollen region.

Boxing Day provides supporters with a first opportunity to see the new-look Rams squad in action and, as gate money generated on the day is shared equally between the two clubs, your support will help provide a boost to both clubs' finances ahead of the 2013 season.

The clash with the Bulldogs is followed by the visit of Halifax to the Tetley's Stadium on Sunday January 6.

'Fax triumphed on their last visit to Dewsbury in June of this year, but the hosts emerged from the contest with great credit, having pushed their title-chasing opponents all the way in a pulsating encounter. Halifax remain one of the strongest teams in the Championship as the new season edges closer and this latest clash should provide a useful workout for Morrison's exciting new squad.

The Rams round-off their pre-season programme of fixtures a week later with the traditional pre-season fixture against Bradford Bulls at the Tetley's Stadium.

As has been the case in the past, Dewsbury will keep 100% of gate money generated on the day, while on the field another tough work-out for the Rams is expected. The Bulls often utilise this fixture to hand debuts to new recruits, and in 2007 it was Rams boss Morrison who lined-up against the team he would one day go on to coach for his first ever game on British soil.

Our Super League opponents always travel in great numbers for this fixture, so it's important that the Rams fans turn out in force and get behind our boys.

Dewsbury Rams media manager

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