LEE GREENWOOD says that he is looking forward to his second pre-season at Dewsbury Rams, with a very different squad to the one he coached ahead of his first campaign in charge.
Preparations for 2020 began on Wednesday night for the Rams, with only six members of next year’s squad enjoying a full pre-season at the club last time round.
Andy Gabriel, Adam Ryder, Paul Sykes, Michael Knowles, Sam Day and Tom Garratt will all have a second pre-season under Greenwood while Liam Johnson and Martyn Reilly picked up long-term injuries early on last year.
There are five players who joined during the 2019 season who will have the benefit of a full course of training along with eight new recruits, while further signings have been completed in the past couple of weeks.
“There will be one or two more to be announced and then that should be it, we’re not far off really,” said Greenwood.
“We’re in a better spot than we were last year and we’re under no pressure now looking for certain positions. I’d still like to bring one more in but there’s no panic.”
Dewsbury will have the benefit of a dual-registration partnership with Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers this season, and the club are also set to announce another dual-reg agreement today (Friday).
Greenwood says that he is happy with the group that he has assembled as the groundwork begins for his second season in charge of the club.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it. I feel like I’ve kept the guys that I want to keep moving forward and brought some lads in from different situations, whether they’ve got a point to prove or slipped under the radar, and I’m confident and happy with what we’ve got.”
They made a competitive start to last season, winning just two of their first seven games but losing only once by more than one score, and the Rams coach believes that was down to a good pre-season plan which will largely be repeated again.
“Ideally we’ll have a better culture, that’s what we’re going to work hard on in this first phase,” he said. “Nothing will change too much regarding what we did training-wise, because what we did was actually good.
“But also there is a bit of a turnaround in players there, we’re left with six lads who did the full pre-season last year.
“We were unfortunate that the early season results didn’t go our way, a lot of bounce-of-the-ball defeats. We felt what we did was good and we should have won five from our first six realistically, and that would have put a whole different complexion on the season.
“We’re confident that what we did last pre-season was right and we won’t differ too much from that this pre-season.”