DEWSBURY RAMS coach Lee Greenwood has described the signing of Matty Fleming from London Broncos as “the final piece of the jigsaw.”
The 23-year-old, who plays primarily as a centre, has Super League experience with St Helens, Leigh and London and is an impressive addition for the Rams following the addition last week of Tommy Brierley to further strengthen the backs.
Fleming made his debut for St Helens in 2015 and has gone on to make 36 top-flight appearances, scoring 14 tries, while also helping London to promotion out of the Championship in 2018.
Rams head coach Greenwood said: “Matty is a fantastic signing for us. To get someone with the experience and quality he has is a huge bonus.
“I have no doubt that he can be back playing in Super League sooner rather than later and we’re happy to help him achieve that.
“I feel his best position is centre although he can play full-back and wing equally as well.
“I feel he is the final piece of the jigsaw for us, adding pace, footwork and skill to our back line.”
Fleming’s signature takes the Rams up to 25 players on next season’s roster, and strengthens the back division to 10 from just six a couple of weeks ago.
After the captures of Morgan Punchard and Will Oakes, Brierley’s move to his hometown team was announced last week.
The utility back, 23, played his junior rugby at Dewsbury Celtic and signed for Leeds Rhinos at the age of 15. Injuries have stalled a career which has taken in spells in League One with York and Hunslet, but Greenwood sees potential.
“Tommy is another player who has shown potential for a few years now,” he said. “He can play in all the outside back positions and with a strong pre-season can really make an impression next year.
“He is another younger lad that will benefit from our (dual-registration) partnerships with Hull KR and Coventry.”