Rams boss backing top-flight proposals

GLENN MORRISON is backing plans to radically alter rugby league, claiming Dewsbury Rams will soon be equipped to compete at a higher level.

One proposal, which was laid out to Championship bosses last week, would see two current Super League clubs axed from the top flight at the end of next season.

Two leagues of 12 teams would be in place involving a crop of current Championship clubs, who would play each other once in the first half of the season.

Then, for the second half, the 24 sides would be split into three groups of eight and the leading eight would head towards play-offs.

The middle eight would then play each other home and away to decide promotion and relegation. The top four in the second tier – after their 14 matches – would return to Super League for the following year. The bottom eight teams, meanwhile, play in their own competition.

“Things aren’t going very well over here at the moment and something has to be done,” said Rams boss Morrison.

“| like the idea of having Super League One and Two, we would want to play a part in the second tier.

“And I believe, come 2015, we will be more than able to do so. Ground developments are underway, further plans to expand are in the pipeline and we have a strong squad of players.

“Of course in order to compete we would require a better playing budget but I am confident that will come through greater sponsorship, central funding and television money.”

The Rams went into their Northern Rail Cup last-16 clash against Halifax last night with every available player named on the teamsheet (Thursday).

But Bradford Bulls youngster Adam O’Brien was expected to make another dual-registration appearances at hooker.

Ben Jones (dead leg) and Aaron Brown (knee) suffered injuries during Dewsbury’s 18-10 victory over Keighley last weekend, which brought an end to their  seven-match losing streak while adding to Morrison’s injury woes.

Meanwhile, on-loan half-back Ben Johnston has been released from his Dewsbury deal and has joined York City Knights until the end of the current campaign.

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