DEWSBURY RAMS have made their second and third new signings for 2019 with the arrivals of Charlie Martin and Tom Halliday.
Martin joins the club from League One side Doncaster, while Halliday has re-signed for the side that he left earlier in the year to move to Australia.
Back-rower Martin started his career at Thornhill Trojans, before signing for Castleford Tigers where he made six Super League appearances.
The 25-year-old played for Hunslet and Keighley Cougars before spending the last two seasons with Doncaster, and has also had a spell in rugby union with Huddersfield RUFC.
Martin says that the different experiences so far in his career will help him adapt to the second tier with the Rams.
“You learn a lot from the different places you go,” he said. “From the union side of things you get a bit more space and obviously playing in union has helped me add different attributes to my game. Playing in different leagues at different levels does help (as well).
“I know what the Championship is about. Last year League One was a tough competition, you had sides like York, Bradford and Workington plus us (Doncaster) and a few others.
“The Championship will be a tough competition, the play is a lot faster and the games are a lot tougher.”
Martin also explained what type of player fans can look forward to seeing in action next season.
He said: “They can expect me to have strong lines and strong defence. I can play in the middle as a centre too so I am a bit of a utility player.
“My main position is probably back-row but I have played alright for Keighley in the centre position.”
He added: “I am hoping I can do a job wherever I am placed on a pitch. I am just there to do a job and make sure I am in that team week in week out.”
He’s joined for 2019 by Halliday, with the winger re-signing with the club after leaving earlier in the year to gain more experience in Australia.
The 22-year-old had a short first spell at Dewsbury at the back end of last season, making two appearances and scoring a try after making the move from Goole in rugby union.
Halliday will compete for a wing spot with another player who has committed to Lee Greenwood’s side for next year, Rob Worrincy.
The 33-year-old joined the Rams from Halifax for the 2018 season, having enjoyed three different spells at both Fax and Sheffield Eagles in his career.
He missed much of this year through injury but still scored eight tries in 16 Championship appearances, and has now signed a new deal to remain at the Tetley’s Stadium for 2019.
Meanwhile, Jack Teanby’s departure from the club has been confirmed.
The prop forward joined the Rams in 2016 and missed only one game last season, but has now left to join newly-promoted Championship rivals York City Knights.