DEWSBURY RAMS have agreed a dual-registration partnership with League One side Coventry for the 2020 season.
The link-up is the second to have been agreed by the club alongside the dual-reg with Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers which was announced last month.
Several Rams players went to Coventry on loan last season with Harvey Hallas, Jacob Thomas, Toby Richardson and Jack Ray all spending time in the Midlands.
The partnership has now been formalised for 2020 to give Dewsbury players in need of game time another option alongside Hull KR’s reserves team, while the Championship side can in turn bring players in from East Yorkshire on a week-to-week basis.
“Having the dual-reg with Coventry and the dual-reg with Hull KR, who are also running a reserves, means there are going to be opportunities there for all of our players to play somewhere else,” said Rams head coach Lee Greenwood.
“We did have it in the second half of last year (with Coventry). They were happy with the players they got from us so they were happy to continue that with us and I’m more than happy to continue it as well.
“In hindsight it would have been nice to have had both the partnerships last year, because we had a big squad and a lot of lads kicking their heels. I think it will work well.”
Coventry’s director of rugby Alan Robinson added: “It is really good to have a continued relationship with Dewsbury, last year worked really well.
“It is something we want to continue and it gives us access to players with some experience in key areas. With us being partnered with a Championship team it is great for us as it’s something we aspire to do.
“We probably relied more on it than we wanted to last year. However Dewsbury were very good to us last year and we appreciated that. It is very important to us that we have these sorts of relationships.”