Dewsbury Rams watch World Cup stars closely

Dewsbury Rams watch World Cup stars closely

GLENN MORRISON has revealed how Dewsbury Rams could announce another overseas signing after the World Cup.

The Tetley’s Stadium boss is planning to watch the tournament closely, with a view to adding to an already exciting squad for 2014.

Morrison, a former Super League and NRL star, has made a number of notable additions since the end of last season.

And the Australian chief admits his squad is “almost there”.

However, Morrison is seeking a finishing touch ahead of the new campaign.

“We have spoken with a couple of players, but we can’t really do anything until after the tournament has finished.

“There is a lot of talent on show, the Pacific nations are always strong but the emerging nations are particularly exciting this time around.

“You never know, we might just be able to get one of the World Cup players on board.”

Chris Aiton, the brother of Papua New Guinea star Paul, recently expressed his desire to join the club for 2014 following a spell training with the Rams last year.

However, having missed out on selection for the World Cup, Morrison says the deal is off as hooker Aiton cannot secure the appropriate visa to travel.

“Overseas players have to meet certain international criteria in order to gain a visa and Chris hasn’t been able to do that, so is ineligible to apply and come over.

“It is a shame, but he required a visa very different to the one which he travelled with last year. That one allowed him to play as an amateur, while training with us.”

Meanwhile, Morrison is expecting to have an all-but fully fit squad at his disposal in time for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

Former Bradford Bull Jobe Murphy underwent wrist surgery before the end of last season, while former Rams skipper Rob Spicer had minor knee surgery.

The pair will therefore take part in light training for two to three weeks, according to head coach Morrison.

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