DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Glenn Morrison has revealed how the club will unveil a raft of new signings next month.
Despite recent speculation regarding the Australian’s possible targets, Morrison has remained tight-lipped over plans for 2014.
But after his side crashed out of the play-offs at the hands of champions Sheffield Eagles last weekend, the former Super League and NRL star is preparing to wow fans.
Morrison, 37, says the club has re-signed “the majority” of his current squad, while capturing the services of players from Super League and overseas.
Batley Bulldogs half-back Tom Hemingway, Halifax counterpart Anthony Thackeray and Barrow Raiders’ Matthew Haggerty are all being linked with moves to the Tetley’s Stadium.
And former Bradford Bull Jobe Murphy, pictured, took to Twitter yesterday (Thursday) to announce he had agreed a deal with the Rams for next season.
It read: “Delighted to have signed at Dewsbury for next year. Hard work starts now.”
Morrison continued: “A number of the players we have signed are currently taking part in play-off footy and there will be Super League experience arriving too, plus a player from overseas.
“We have been working extremely hard behind the scenes and all will soon be revealed.
“I am extremely happy with the way things are progressing.
“The squad for next season is pretty much finalised already and it is shaping up nicely. We are miles ahead of where we were last season, which is great.”
Matthew Tebb and Jamaine Akaidere announced they would be joining relegated Championship club Hunslet Hawks this week, while James Craven has agreed a one-year deal at Keighley Cougars.
Meanwhile, Morrison says talks are ongoing with Super League partners Bradford Bulls as the Rams bid to improve the two clubs’ agreement.
“I have had meetings with the Bulls about next year, we want the partnership to grow and improve over the years,” explained the Dewsbury chief, who took the reins last September.
“We are looking at how it can work better for both us and them next year, both in terms of getting players on board and in terms of coaching and conditioning.
“We definitely want to continue with it, though. Bradford had a small squad this year so weren’t entirely able to make players available, but those who did come certainly had a huge impact.
“That doesn’t mean that next year we will be playing a number of different Bulls players, though, we want to maintain our identity which I felt we did this season.
“We are Dewsbury Rams and that is how it will stay, with a strong squad of our own.”
Though the Rams’ first campaign under Morrison is now over, he insists 2013 has been a success.
He said: “We went to Sheffield believing we could win, but we were a little off and got ourselves well beaten.
“Sheffield were clearly hurting from past results and we felt it. They were excellent.
“It was a disappointing way to end the season, but I am still very happy with what we have achieved this year.
“We finished seventh and made the play-offs for the first time in 13 years and we have mixed it with the best this year.
“There were a lot of doubters when I took the job, but hopefully I have proved myself as a coach. It has been a successful season.”
By Ryan Sparks