Morrison unveils four new signings for 2016

DEWSBURY Rams have had a busy week in the transfer market.

Head coach Glenn Morrison has begun the task of strengthening his squad without delay after a disappointing end to a successful season which saw them lose out to London Broncos in the Championship Shield play-off semi-finals.

Morrison has signed utility forward Sam Bates (Bradford), prop duo Matt Groat (Doncaster) and Anthony Tonks (Sheffield) and half-back Dom Speakman, a St Helens academy graduate, in a bid to go one step further and reach the play-off final in 2016.

“I’m very pleased with our signings this past week,” said Morrison.

“They are all very talented lads and they are going to give the squad a great boost going into next season.

“Thanks to our strong campaign, where I feel we made huge strides forward, attracting quality players has been made slightly easier.”

A busy week for the Rams has also seen them hold onto star players who have been approached by Super League clubs.

“The fact we have held onto players who have been approached by professional teams offering more money is testament to our culture at the club,” added Morrison.

“The players love the club and enjoy playing their rugby here, plus they’re part of a team that competes for silverware.”

“I expect a few more players will be approached over the course of the season, but I have confidence that because of the philosophy of this club we will hold onto the vast majority of our squad.”

But one player who is definitely leaving the Tetley’s Stadium is veteran prop, Makali Aizue, who has joined Doncaster.

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