DEWSBURY RAMS began their pre-season training this week and head coach Glenn Morrison is eager to start preparations for the 2017 campaign.
“It’s important you don’t lose ground on your rivals in pre-season,” said Morrison.
“This league gets more and more competitve. There are more full-time teams than ever, so when you’re part-time like us every minute counts.
“Firstly we’ll target fitness, the players hate the first couple of weeks back because they are certainly the toughest.
“Some of the lads will probably need buckets next to the rowing machines, it’s going to be that difficult, but none of the players want to get left behind.
“It’s always a good chance for the squad to impress me and show me what they’re made of.”
Morrison’s men face newly-promoted Rochdale and Swinton Lions in the first two weeks of the 2017 Championship season, but Morrison is wary of the threat they’ll pose.
“From now on our aim is to prepare for the Rochdale game on the opening day,” said Morrison who returned from a family holiday in Thailand this week.
“We should hopefully not lose out on training sessions due to the weather this winter because we have a new all-weather pitch which should be finished in January.
“It means we’ll not only generate more revenue for the club by allowing people to hire it out, but we’ll also have more time to work with the ball because we won’t be disrupted by the weather ahead of our first game against Rochdale.
“It won’t be easy, newly-promoted teams are always tricky because they desperately want to get a win on the board early and prove they belong in the division.
“If we’re not up to speed then we could find ourselves playing catch-up as early as week two, which is something no one wants to happen.”
Elsewhere, the Rams have launched new merchandise which supporters will be able to collect as early as next month after the online pre-orders for the clothing, supplied by kit manufacturer Errea, went on sale this week.
The Rams’ new home and away strips will also be on sale next month in time for the club’s season launch.
Glenn Morrison and his new-look squad will also be present at the event, with chairman Mark Sawyer leading proceedings. The date is still to be confirmed.
Fans will be able to see Morrison’s new signings in action when the Rams take on rivals Batley Bulldogs on Boxing Day in the newly-named Powerhouse Challenge.
The Rams have also confirmed they will play Wakefield in a friendly at the Tetley’s Stadium on Janury 8 (3pm).