Dewsbury announce squad numbers for 2016

Dewsbury are the latest side to announce their squad numbers for 2016, while head coach Glenn Morrison has played down their importance regarding the starting line-up.

New signing Josh Guzdek has been handed the number one jersey, while fellow recruit and joint captain Paul Sykes occupies number six.

Also joining the club next season is Ben Reynolds from Leigh Centurions, who has will wear number seven during his season-long loan spell.

Sykes’ fellow captain Ryan Hepworth has been given the number ten shirt, while prop-partner Matt Groat will wear the number eight shirt after arriving from Doncaster.

New signings Dom Speakman and Tony Tonks have been allocated shirt numbers 17 and 18 respectively, with Sam Bates wearing 21 for his first season with the club.

Andy Kain has been handed 22 after his arrival his arrival from Hunslet Hawks and young hooker Ryan Wright will wear number 31 on his return to Dewsbury.

Forward Kyle Trout has been given the number 32 after joining from Wakefield, previously occupied by Papa New Guinea international Makalai Aizue.

Head coach Glenn Morrison made it clear to supporters at the Season Launch Night on Wednesday that squad numbers won’t dictate his team selection for next season.

“It’s a number on your back, nothing more, and it’s your commitment to the club and to the cause that matters most to me,” he told the club’s official website.

“The players who are training and playing the best are the one’s who’ll get the opportunities.

“We’ve got people in the 20s and 30s who have an excellent chance of starting matches so I wouldn’t read too much in to the positions.”