DEWSBURY boss Glenn Morrison has insisted the club will keep its identity despite acknowledging the likelihood of several Wakefield Trinity players joining the Rams in 2017 as part of the dual-registration agreement between the two clubs.
Last year’s Batley Bulldogs captain Keegan Hirst could feature for Dewsbury against Rochdale on Sunday after making a move to Wakefield from Mount Pleasant during the off-season.
Mason Caton-Brown could also feature for the Rams as the Super League season doesn’t start until the following weekend.
“I have been speaking all off-season with Wakefield Trinity regarding dual registration possibilities,” said Morrison.
“We have known for a few weeks who would be available for consideration and the Dewsbury players have been made aware of these possibilities, in which they have bought into.
“Wakefield players will be considered if we need them due to injuries or loss of form.
“I’m sure we will see a couple of their squad playing for us this season.
“If we decide to pick any Wakefield players this will be up to myself and the Rams coaching team when we come to selection meetings each week.
“I would never abuse this system, as seen a few years ago when we had a dual registration agreement with Bradford Bulls.
“We will always keep our identity. However, our small squad and injury concerns may see us in need of players more than we have in the past.”
The Rams had just 17 players available for their final pre-season outing of the winter against Leigh last weekend.
An illness around the camp meant several players had to miss the trip, but despite losing all four warm-up games against Batley, Wakefield Yowies and Leigh, Morrison is confident his side are ready for the challenge of newly-promoted Rochdale on Sunday (3pm).
“The lads are ready to get started, but we know that Rochdale won’t be easy,” added the Australian.
“We started last season with a tricky away game against Swinton, it’s the worst time to play the newly promoted sides because they are desperate to prove their worth in the league.”
One player who will be unavailable for the trip is young winger Donald Kudangirana, who has allegedly failed an RFL drugs test. Kudangirana was set to become a regular fixture in Morrison’s first team in 2017 after making the step up from Dewsbury’s ill-fated Reserves side of 2016.
The club have refused to comment further on the situation.