Rams add Magrin to pack as Nelmes re-signs

Rams add Magrin to pack as Nelmes re-signs

DEWSBURY RAMS have completed the signing of prop forward Jon Magrin from Bradford Bulls on a one-year contract, while Luke Nelmes has penned a new deal with the club.

Magrin, who turned 25 on Tuesday, began his career at London Broncos and featured in Super League before gaining extensive experience in the Championship.

He signed for Bradford in 2017 and spent the following year at Sheffield before returning to the Bulls in 2019.

The former London Skolars loanee is a Jamaica international and is in contention to play against England Knights later this month, and he has also featured for his country of birth, Malta.

Nelmes has become the 12th player to commit to Dewsbury for 2020, having impressed in a short spell at the club at the end of last season.

The 26-year-old prop came to the club after time away from the game and played in their final three matches of the year.

Stalwarts Dale Morton and Lucas Walshaw are confirmed departures to rivals Batley while Robbie Ward is expected to be among a number of other first-team players finding contracts elsewhere for next season. 

Captain Paul Sykes will continue playing into next season but it is not certain yet whether that will be with the Rams.

On the signing of Magrin, coach Lee Greenwood said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Jon in a Dewsbury shirt.

“He gives us another dimension to what we already have, but he is joining us for the right reasons and is at a good age for someone who has played Championship rugby for a few years.

“He wants to get back to enjoying his rugby, performing well and being part of something special here.”

Magrin, the second new arrival at the Tetley’s Stadium for 2020 following the signing of former loanee Chris Annakin from Wakefield, explained the factors that influenced his decision to sign for the club.

“When I met the coach we seemed to be on the same wavelength, it’s close to where I live, the facilities are really good,” he said. “Also the club owns its own ground which is rare in rugby league, with it having all the great facilities.

“Dewsbury has always been a tough place to go. I saw that when I was at London and we came down from the Super League, it was a shock to the system. We won but it was tough; that is the only game I have won at Dewsbury in my whole career.

“I will be hoping to emulate that fortress mentality that I have seen as an opposition player. It’s always a tough place to go and you know that you have to bring your best game to beat them.”

Magrin hopes to be in good shape by the start of the season to make a big impact in the Dewsbury pack.

“I think I can be pretty explosive and hopefully I can showcase my talent and use it as a force in the middle,” he said of the type of player fans can expect to see.

“I am doing my best to keep fit during the off-season so I can hit the ground running. I also have a game coming up for Jamaica later this month against the England Knights.

“So I am hoping by the time pre-season comes around I am in good shape and then I can make some improvements, and then go into the full season from there.”

On the signing of former Halifax and Oldham player Nelmes, Greenwood said: “Luke joined us towards the end of the season and slotted in well. He has things to work on in pre-season which will help him establish himself as a Championship regular.” 

The coach added: “He is skilful, smart and a good character to have around.”

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