Dewsbury Rams head coach Glenn Morrison is confident his team can replicate last seasons’s top six finish in 2016.
Following a year of progression last season, the Rams have seen plenty of interest for their star players, with Anthony Thackeray one member of last year’s squad leaving for Featherstone whilst Wayne Godwin retired.
In response, Dewsbury have added a number of impressive players to their ranks for 2016, with Featherstone halfback Paul Sykes, Sheffield’s Tony Tonks and highly rated fullback Josh Guzdek amongst a number of additions on their way to the Tetley’s Stadium.
Dewsbury are hoping to improve on last year’s sixth place finish in the Championship, ending the season seven points short of fourth placed Halifax. They then ended second in the Championship Shield before losing in the semi-final to London Broncos.
Despite losing a number of key figures, Morrison is confident in his squad’s abilities.
“It’s been a bit of a tough one,” said Morrison.
“We’ve had clubs coming in that have a lot more money now. We’ve had a few players bought off us, which is good for the club’s finances but they’re hard to replace.
I love pre season being a coach. Great to be back at it and the boys looking in good nick. Still won’t hurt to push the boundaries. ? #UTR
— Glenn Morrison (@Madmorros) November 11, 2015
“I think we’ve done pretty well. We’ve strengthened in the places we needed to, especially in the forwards and we’ll see how they do when they come in. Bringing in two new halfbacks is going to take a bit of time to get used to, but if they can get going quickly then I’m sure we’ll be up there competing for the top six again and maybe a bit more.”
Morrison also revealed that he missed out on one of his transfer targets, albeit, it was ever so slightly ambitious to begin with.
“I’d have liked to bring Sam Burgess in if I had the money, I’d have collared him and got him to sign a contract!
“We’re realistic here, with the budget we might be able to get one or two kids in we can look to develop, but I’m pretty happy with the squad we’ve got now.”