GLENN MORRISON is hoping to secure the services of half-back Bobbie Goulding Jr for another month ahead of Dewsbury’s weekend clash with Swinton.
The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats loanee arrived last month and has played a key role in the Rams’ recent turnaround, which has provided back-to-back wins for the first time since February.
The 20-year-old is the namesake son of the former Great Britain star and head coach Morrison says his retention could prove key.
“Bobbie is playing brilliantly for us and we are hoping to have him tied up for at least another month,” Morrison told The Press.
“He is here on a month-to-month basis at the moment, that is working well with his parent club, and we see him as a key member of the team. He gets on with everyone here and has settled in brilliantly.
“I think Bobbie and Kieran (Hyde) compliment each other perfectly in the halves and we need to keep that going – continuity is everything, especially now because we are playing well again.
“His kicking game has been pretty vital for us and Kieran acts as a bit of a figure, leading us around the park.”
Morrison insists his side are still reeling from last week’s Northern Rail Cup triumph, which saw the Rams dump holders Halifax out at the last-16 stage.
Though a massive shock the Australian is adamant Dewsbury can build from here, claiming confidence levels are high ahead of Sunday’s Championship test.
“This week has been superb, the boys are buzzing and it is fantastic to see,” he said.
“The win over Halifax has done wonders for confidence levels and it has been clear to see during training.
“We are looking up again, having being forced to look over our shoulder and below us, and that in itself is a boost.
“But this game is vitally important because three points could give us some real breathing space and move us far away from the bottom third of the table.
“Swinton had Adrian Morley from Warrington last weekend and I am not too sure what they are going to put out there this weekend.
“They are very dangerous to begin with, but when you throw in two or three internationals they become a different beast.”
Meanwhile, Morrison has received an injury boost following news that club captain Austin Buchanan will return to action before the end of the season.
The 29-year-old paceman feared he may be ruled out long-term but recent scans have revealed only minor damage to his knee, which was operated on last term.
“Austin has a little damage to the knee, but thankfully it isn’t going to keep him out for the rest of the season,” added Morrison.
“The specialists are confident he can get back playing, but we haven’t been given a date yet. It is a little early to say, it has been frustrating for him.”