DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Lee Greenwood says the club need to continue to be “creative” in their recruitment.
Their fourth new signing for 2019 was announced last week, with centre Cameron Leeming coming from League One side Keighley Cougars.
The 23-year-old began his career at Wakefield Trinity and played for Hunslet before moving to Keighley for the 2018 season.
He follows the path of Andy Gabriel in moving from Cougar Park this autumn, as well as Adam Ryder who joined midway through 2018.
The Rams have also captured Doncaster’s Charlie Martin from the third tier, and Greenwood says that Leeming “fits the bill of what I’m after and the type of players we need to get in at the club.”
He added: “Obviously we’ve not got a massive budget like a lot of other clubs in our division, so we need to get creative and give lads an opportunity, and that’s what Cameron’s getting.
“Cameron should do well for us. He’s in his early 20s, not the finished article, wants coaching, wants to train hard, but has got some attributes already. So he fits the bill of what I’m after and the type of players we need to get in at the club.”
Leeming says that he is happy to have signed for the club, and admits that knowing a number of the first team already made the decision easier.
“I’m really excited to be joining Dewsbury. I am looking forward to having a good pre-season and putting a shirt on in the friendlies already,” he said.
“I had a few other options of different clubs at Championship and League 1 level but the opportunity to play with top level players and work with a good young coaching staff tempted me.
“I know Rikki (Sheriffe) from my time at Keighley and we worked pretty closely when he was there so I spoke to him prior to joining and he really sold it to me. He said I could develop my game to be the best it can be here.”
He added: “I know a couple of the lads in the team. I played with Adam Ryder and Gabes last year at Keighley. When I first started out at Wakefield, Lucas Walshaw and Kyle Trout were in their 20s there so I’d trained with them a few times.”
Leeming says that he wants to earn a regular starting place in the Dewsbury line-up next season.
“My personal aim for this year is to cement a starting spot in the team,” he said. “I’ve not come here to be a squad player. I want to be testing myself at Championship level week in and week out.
“I’m a hard-running centre with a high work rate. I can play in the back row as well, but preferably in the centre. I am looking forward to working with Lee and the coaching staff to see how good I can be.”