DEWSBURY RAMS boss Glenn Morrison believes the early signs are good as his side complete their second week of pre-season training.
“The lads have put a lot of effort into training,” said the Australian.
“Most of them have returned in good condition and there aren’t many in the fat group which is encouraging.
“We’ve even managed to do a bit of indoor ball work and the players looked sharp, so we’re in a good position, albeit at an early stage.”
Morrison also confirmed new signings Gareth Potts, Aaron Ollett, Brad Foster, Hamish Barnes and Robbie Ward have settled in well after their off-season arrivals.
“They’ve all met each other for the first time, morale is high and the guys are all getting on well, laughing and joking which is good to see,” added Morrison.
“I do a lot of homework before I sign any player, not just to find out whether they’re quality players but also to find our about their personalities and temperaments.”
Two players who haven’t trained yet are Luke Adamson and Scott Hale, who have hip and shoulder injuries respectively and Morrison admits the duo will struggle to be fit for the Boxing Day clash with Batley.
He said: “It’s only five weeks away, so there’s a good chance Luke and Scott won’t feature in that.
“There’s no way I’m going to risk anyone in that game when the start of the season is only 12 weeks away.
“We had a lot of injuries last season, so I want to start next season with every player in the squad fit and ready if possible.”
Dewsbury’s squad consists of 23 players and Morrison admits it is unlikely any more bodies will arrive before the start of the 2017 Championship.
He added: “It is what it is, there is no more room for manoeuvre with our salary cap so we’ll struggle to add to the squad. But the good news is we have dual reg with Hemel and Karl (Pryce) will be keeping a close eye on players there for me.
“Plus we have our new conditioner now, Adam Mitchell, helping me out with the fitness of the players, so I’m confident we won’t have an injury crisis like the one we faced this year.”
Meanwhile Morrison has spoken to a couple of unsigned Jamaican players with a view to them joining League One side Hemel.
Dewsbury’s veterans Paul Sykes and Tony Tonks have also applied to the RFL for testimonials, which means the Rams could play another game ahead of the 2017 campaign season if the duo get their wish.