RAMS boss Glenn Morrison has captured his number one target for 2013 in the shape of explosive frontrower Mikali Aizue.
Aizue, a Papua New Guinea international who featured in the 2010 Four Nations tournament and the 2008 World Cup, had been on Morrison’s radar for some time after departing Halifax a fortnight ago and has put pen to paper on a deal which will keep the powerful prop at the Tetley’s Stadium until the end of next season.
The 34yearold, who weighs in at 17st 1lbs, boasts Super League experience following a threeyear stint with Hull Kingston Rovers prior to his move into the Cooperative Championship.
“Mikali was the first man on my list after I got the job and after much discussion, he has agreed to join us for 2013.
“He’s an impact player, he’s tough, he’s aggressive and he’s a defender’s nightmare.
“His topflight experience is priceless, but he’s played on a world stage and not too many players, at this level, have done that in major tournaments.
“He’ll provide the bash and crash I am looking for and he is very much looking forward to running out as a Dewsbury Ram. Fans, I am sure, will be very excited.
“The front row is definitely beginning to take shape, it was my first objective, but it is not complete just yet. Talks are ongoing with another topquality frontrower and I am obviously still on the hunt for another halfback amongst others.”
Aizue became the club’s fifth new signing after Thursday’s announcement regarding the signing of Wakefield youngster Dale Morton, 21, who has made in excess of 30 Super League appearances.
“Dale is quality player with an exceptional kicking and technical game,” added Morrison.
“He’s been really unlucky at Wakefield this year because their back three have been in good form, keeping him out of the first team.
“But he will come here and prove just how good he is.
“He has plenty of pace and he knows his way to the line.”
Meanwhile, Leigh forward Tommy Gallagher has also signed for 2013 along with current squad member Elliot Cosgrove.
“Tommy boasts a lot of years as a Championship player, he’s an old head and has plenty more to give,” insisted Australian Morrison, who took the reins on September 5.
“Anyone doubting that just needs to watch Leigh’s final game this season, again, against Sheffield.
“For me, he was the best player on the pitch and he comes in as a valuable addition, up front, for the 2013 season.”