Lee looking for help as assistants depart

Lee looking for help as assistants depart

DEWSBURY RAMS boss Lee Greenwood is on the hunt for a new assistant coach following the departure of his brother Gareth and Rikki Sheriffe.

Both coaches were originally brought in ahead of the 2019 season, with Gareth Greenwood a former boss of amateur side Siddal.

Sheriffe, brother of current Rams forward Jode, has also left and has been linked with a return to his former club Halifax.

Head coach Greenwood said: “I’d like to thank Gareth and Rikki for their hard work during what has been a challenging year.

“They both have bright futures in their coaching careers should they choose to continue in the game.”

Greenwood has said that he is looking for just one assistant coach for the 2020 campaign, and preferably somebody looking to start their own coaching career.

Meanwhile, the Rams have continued their squad-building for next season with the announcements of two further re-signings, as prop Martyn Reilly and hooker Dom Speakman have penned one-year deals at the Tetley’s Stadium.

Reilly, 23, missed a large part of last season with an ACL injury but recovered to make 12 appearances to help Dewsbury avoid relegation.

He played 11 games in his first season at the club in 2018, after joining from Halifax, and off the field has helped to establish their ‘Rampage Club’ for junior sides.

Greenwood said of the forward: “Martyn had already impressed me before his return from injury with his attitude and commitment.

“I had come across him before and I know he’s a likeable character, his work with the Rampage Club alongside Kyle Trout this year has been fantastic and a big positive for the club and the local juniors.

“Since his playing comeback, he has worked hard at his game and he’s the type of person I like to coach – honest, hard-working and willing to improve his game.”

Reilly says the way that he was treated during his lengthy spell on the sidelines was a key factor in wanting to remain at Dewsbury.

“I missed the back end of the first year, and the first half of last season,” he said. “However the club stood by me and Mark (Sawyer, Rams chairman) looked after me and sort of pulled me in. 

“He put an arm around my shoulder and said he liked the look of me and what he’d seen. He said the club was going to keep me on board and help me through my recovery.

“To be honest it was an easy decision for me. I had no thought of going anywhere else. I want to be here, a lot of clubs might just turn their backs on an injured player. 

“However he didn’t, he wanted me here, he looked after me and I want to repay the club. Hopefully I will get a full pre-season under my belt and have a full season with Dewsbury finally.”

Speakman returned to the Rams during the 2019 campaign, having originally left ahead of the season to join Championship rivals Widnes.

The 25-year-old struggled to establish himself in their team and came back to Dewsbury, scoring three tries in four matches to add to 74 appearances and 17 tries in his first three-year spell at the club, having first moved from North Wales in 2016.

“I am really pleased we’ve managed to secure Dom for next season,” said boss Greenwood. “He impressed me immediately after joining during last season and it’s great that he’ll be with us from day one of pre-season.

“He’s a smart and tough player and I feel like him and Sam Day will compliment each other well next year.”

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