Dewsbury Rams reveal five-figure budget increase

Dewsbury Rams reveal five-figure budget increase

CHAIRMAN Mark Sawyer has revealed how he and his fellow shareholders have granted Dewsbury Rams boss Glenn Morrison an extra £40,000 to spend on improving his squad.

The 50 per cent hike, which has seen the Rams’ guaranteed playing budget double, means Morrison has up to £120,000 as his disposal.

But Mr Sawyer, pictured, insists the rise will not ensure success next term, with a number of the club’s rivals upping their own budgets for 2014.

The Rugby Football League’s Policy Review looked set to alter the sport’s structure from 2015, with the top-eight finishers next season entering some form of Super League competition – entailing the reintroduction of promotion and relegation.

As a result, a host of Championship clubs are believed to be spending big in preparation.

However, Wednesday’s hugely- anticipated restructuring meeting was called off 48 hours before it was due to start – and has been put back until after the upcoming World Cup – after an apparent rebellion among Super League clubs.

The postponement has left the whole sport in limbo and Mr Sawyer has admitted his disappointment.

“The proposal which was to be put in front of us may not be 100 per cent perfect for Dewsbury Rams, however, as a club, we were completely convinced it was in the interest of the whole game – top to bottom.

“We entered into the lengthy consultation process with the RFL. I ensured I attended all council meetings and we actively involved ourselves in the open discussion.

“On this basis Dewsbury Rams weren’t surprised by any of the RFL proposals in connection with this matter, and nor should any other club have been in my opinion, we had already decided that there had to be give and take and that the proposal to be put in front of us would not be everything we wanted.

“But I can say we are in full support of the RFL’s proposal and hope that all clubs will eventually get behind it so that the sport may move forward as one.

“We have significantly increased Glenn’s playing budget to give him and the club a chance of competing next year.

“A number of clubs are spending more and we are mindful of the opportunity of getting into Super League 2, should it be eventually introduced.”

A huge amount rests on the future direction of the sport, though, for the Rams.

And Mr Sawyer says the club could even start next season without a main sponsor if the proposals are scrapped.

“We have sold our sponsorship on the basis that we could be competing in a new Super League competition in 2015,” he explained.

“This situation means those who were interested in backing us are waiting in the wings to see what happens.

“It is not ideal for us and I am concerned that we may still be looking for a sponsor should the game not be restructured.”

By Ryan Sparks

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