GLENN MORRISON doesn’t believe his Dewsbury Rams side have to show drastic improvements in order to compete with the top four sides in the Championship next season.
The Rams finished a distant eighth before the Super 8s last term in what was a disappointing campaign in the eyes of many.
But despite a difficult, injury-ravaged season Morrison saw enough potential from his side to be confident that his team will finish higher in 2017.
“In pre-season I’d like to see us play at a more consistent level doing the things we did against the likes of Bradford last season,” said the Rams chief.
“I feel we had the potential to finish much higher than eighth but we suffered one injury after another so there was no consistency in my selections and a lot of players were playing out of position.
“It was very frustrating for both me and the players, I don’t want to tempt fate but the chances of us having another season wrecked with injuries like that are pretty slim.”
The Rams’ injury woes were so bad that Morrison had to drag the ill Dale Morton down from the stands in their regular season game away at Halifax, but despite that Dewsbury’s squad remains quite small compared to their rivals at just 23 players.
However the Rams have since appointed Adam Mitchell as the club’s conditioner to help with player welfare and fitness in 2017.
Morrison added: “In all my time as a coach I have never had to do something like that and I hope I’ll never be in a position like that again.
“We have taken measures to ensure injuries won’t affect us again and I’ll be working closely with Adam throughout pre-season and the new campaign.”
Morrison’s aims are always to improve on the previous season and the Aussie coach is excited to see his new signings in action.
“They’re young, enthusiastic and still have visions of playing in Super League one day, so I’m confident they will all be playing at a very high level for us next year,” said Morrison.
“Pre-season is coming up and every player will have at least two games to impress me ahead of the start of the new season.
“Pre-season will also be a great chance for the players to develop or enhance partnerships.
“Our half-backs have had a season under their belts and it’ll be good to see them working together closely again.”
Meanwhile Dewsbury have announced ticket prices for their pre-season friendly matches against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Leigh Centurions.
The Rams host Trinity on January 8 (3pm) and pay-on-the-day prices are £12 adults, £10 concessions and £5 for under-16s.
The Rams are also selling tickets for their away clash with Leigh on January 29 (3pm) with prices at £15 for adults, £10 for 18 to 21 year-olds and £5 for under-18s, while children under five go free.