DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Glenn Morrison has praised the work of the club’s new conditioner Adam Mitchell.
Former professional player Mitchell arrived at the Tetley’s Stadium in October fresh off the back of an injury-ravaged campaign for the Rams – and so far Morrison is delighted with how Mitchell has performed.
“At the back end of last season I approached Mark (Sawyer) and told him that we needed a conditioner to come in and look after the players in order to avoid another season ruined by injuries,” said Morrison.
“Luckily Mark agreed with me and since Adam joined us he’s been really busy preparing the players for next season.
“He’s done a brilliant job, the guys look really strong and fresh and they’re all really eager to perform.
“It’s also given me the chance to focus on one or two other aspects of my job like one-on-one coaching with the players. Adam has eased my workload and as a result the squad is benefiting.”
Mitchell will play a key role throughout 2017. The former Keighley and York City Knights player will be responsible for maintaining fitness levels and speeding up
Last season, away at Halifax, Morrison had to drag the ill Dale Morton from the stands to replace Karl Pryce, who picked up an injury during the warm-up.
Morrison added: “I have never known a season like it, so that’s why Adam is with us. He isn’t just here to prepare the team for the start of the season, his job is to maintain the players’ fitness throughout next year.
“With Mitchell on board we’ll look like a more professional outfit because we won’t have to risk players in a game when they’re not fully fit.
“Altogether I think we’ll be a lot more consistent next season.”
The Rams are already in week six of pre-season and tomorrow (Sat) Morrison’s men will be tackling the dreaded hills for some more fitness training.
Mitchell said: “This is always a good session, especially for myself, Glenn (Morrison), Jonathan (Schofield) and Karl (Pryce) as we can see how mentally tough the boys are.
“There’s nothing worse than running hills but it is ideal to get the fitness levels rising. The sick buckets may come out, but only time will tell.
“As well as being strong and powerful it’s also important that the team is fit, so every week the fitness is upped.
“I want the boys to be strong, but I also want them to be able to move quickly.”