DOM SPEAKMAN says that he missed the club during his time away after his new one-year deal at Dewsbury Rams was announced last week.
The hooker, 25, returned to the Rams in July after a short spell at Championship rivals Widnes at the start of the 2019 season.
He struggled to establish a regular place in their team and came back to Dewsbury, where he has now made a total of 78 appearances and scored 20 tries.
The former St Helens prospect, who also featured for Rochdale, Barrow and North Wales in the early stages of his career, is looking forward to many more matches under coach Lee Greenwood.
“I missed it whilst I wasn’t here which was a huge factor in coming back,” said Speakman.
“Lee rang me when he had a bit of an injury crisis, I’d spoke with him a couple of times but I couldn’t make it fit with work. I managed to switch a couple of things around and dived in.
“The fans have been great with me since I came, it’s a really good community club who all do their bit to chip in and make you feel welcome.”
Looking ahead to the club’s prospects for next season, he said: “The Championship gets tougher and tougher each season, you have full-time sides that have big budgets and the amount they train make it hard to compete with.
“There’s kind of like two leagues combined into one. I’m sure the fans will be happy as long as we finish above Batley and strive to finish as high as possible.
“I’m 25 now with over 100 Championship games so I’m looking to have my best season to date. We have a big pack which is great for a hooker like me.”
Speakman will compete for the number nine jersey with Sam Day, who signed a new deal for the club earlier in the year.
Greenwood does not want three recognised hookers in his squad for next season though, leaving Robbie Ward set for the exit after three years at the club.