NEW Dewsbury signing Tom Garratt says that he is aiming for Super League after making his debut for the Rams.
The 24-year-old prop forward has signed a deal with the club for the 2019 season, joining from amateur side Siddal.
With a new head coach in Lee Greenwood and a much-changed playing roster, Garratt admits that consolidation is the realistic aim this year for the club, but also has higher ambitions.
“I think in the first year we are looking to just do as well as we can,” he said.
“(With a) new team, new squad, new coaching staff, if we are doing mid-table and above we are looking good, aren’t we? Beyond that I don’t see why we can’t get into Super League some day, it is possible.
“For me personally I would like to first of all establish myself as a Championship player and then beyond that I don’t see why I can’t go into Super League as well.”
Garratt made his debut in the Boxing Day derby last week, as the Rams fell to a 16-10 defeat to Batley Bulldogs.
He admits that the semi-professional game is a step up from what he is used to, and believes the team will improve.
“It was a bit of a step up, the game is a lot faster at this level than it is at Siddal in the amateur game where I have been playing for the past few years,” he said.
“I thought I took some good carries. The team performance could have been better and there is more to come from us.”
Garratt was well-known to Greenwood and his brother, assistant coach Gareth, from his time at Siddal, and he says he was delighted to be given the opportunity with Dewsbury.
“I played for a short while at the Huddersfield Giants academy when I was younger, (and) I have been coached by Lee and Gareth before at Siddal and Calderdale College,” he explained.
“They got the job here and asked if I wanted to be involved and they wanted to give me a shot so I bit their hand off for it.
“I didn’t know much and to be honest I had set my stall out that I was going to be playing the rest of my days at Siddal which I was fine with; it’s my boyhood club so I love the club.
“However when Lee asked me to come here and this opportunity came up it was one I just couldn’t turn down.
“I wasn’t really thinking about the next step, I had just come back from Australia and I was ready to play for Siddal again, so as I said I couldn’t really turn this opportunity down and if I had done, I probably would have regretted it for the rest of my life.”
His previous experience of playing under Lee Greenwood gives Garratt a good idea of what to expect from the new head coach.
He commented: “I feel like it does help, it isn’t a new brand of rugby that I have to get used to.
“If I was having to get used to a new team as well as a new coach it might be a bit more difficult, but I know all the moves because they are the same moves we were playing at college so I know what the plan is.
“I feel like I can bring that physical play to the pitch, I work hard on and off the field in the gym, and I prefer conditions like we had against Batley and I thought I took some strong carries, but I can always get better.”