DEWSBURY boss Lee Greenwood says that fringe players will get a chance to impress in the final weeks of the season after an “awful” performance in their loss to Batley last weekend.
Defeat in the Heavy Woollen derby means that the Rams’ Championship status is not yet secure, with a five-point advantage over Barrow Raiders with three rounds left to play.
A win on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) at home to seventh-placed Bradford, to whom they lost 20-12 back in April, would confirm their place in the second tier in 2020.
If they fail to beat the Bulls, who still have a slim chance of a play-off place, Sheffield beating Barrow at the same time would be enough to make Dewsbury safe.
Ahead of the Bradford clash, Greenwood says that he is prepared to make changes to freshen up his team.
“We’ve got a few lads to come in and that performance (against Batley) has given me an opportunity to change a few things,” he said.
“There are some lads who I want to have a look at over these next few weeks with a view to maybe staying for next year, so they’ll get a chance next week and we’re more than capable of giving Bradford a game.”
Those players will include the two new additions made ahead of last week’s transfer deadline, with Luke Nelmes and Reece Dean joining the squad.
Prop Nelmes has previously played for Halifax and has spent the last two seasons with Oldham in League One, but has only made one appearance this year.
The 26-year-old, who helped out at the Rams’ recent summer camp, has signed for the rest of the 2019 season.
Also added to coach Lee Greenwood’s squad is half-back Dean, who has joined on loan from League One side Hunslet for the rest of the campaign.
Dean came through the Hull FC academy and has played for Toronto Wolfpack, as well as having loan spells with Sheffield Eagles and Doncaster.
The 21-year-old, who can also play at full-back, moved to the Leeds outfit ahead of the 2019 season and has played 16 times, scoring six tries.
Greenwood says that both will be given a chance to show what they can do in the final weeks of the campaign.
“We’ve got Luke Nelmes who has been out of the game for a bit,” said the Dewsbury boss.
“Luke has got potential to be good so he’ll get a chance over the next few weeks.
“We’ve got Reece Dean on loan and it would have been nice as it turned out (last week) to maybe have him on the bench for something a little bit different. But he’ll be available from this week onwards.”
Dean will spend the final weeks of the campaign at the Tetley’s Stadium after moving to the Rams in a swap deal with Lewis Heckford.
Heckford, who has only made one competitive appearance for Dewsbury since signing at the start of the year, heads to Hunslet after a previous loan spell at York City Knights in April.
Danny King will also spend the final month of the season away from the Rams after signing on loan for York.
Since signing at the start of the year from Bradford, the 21-year-old has made five appearances in the back row.