DEWSBURY RAMS have signed Bradford Bulls’ Etu Uaisele on loan until end of the season, in the same week they secured the permanent signature of hooker Nathan Conroy for the 2016 season.
Uaisele goes straight into the Rams’ squad for their game against Batley on Sunday.
The 30-year-old is no stranger to Championship rugby, having spent time at Featherstone and Sheffield, and brings NRL experience to the Tetley’s Stadium, after playing for Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panters – where he scored five tries in 14 appearances.
The Tongan international played for his national team three times in the 2008 World Cup and scored two tries for the Mate Ma’a.
He can play on the wing or at centre, which will be useful for Glenn Morrison’s team with Karl Pryce, Callan Beckett and Shane Grady all picking up injuries recently.
Meanwhile, Conroy, who joined the Rams initially on-loan from the Bulls has featured in Dewsbury’s last seven games, missing only the one against his parent club. During that time the Rams have gained four wins and one draw.
The 20-year old has scored two tries for Morrison’s team and his new coach has being delighted with the former England youth international (right).
“Nathan came to us on loan earlier this year and fitted in perfectly,” said Morrison.
“He expressed his desire to stay here longer and I couldn’t be happier that we’ve got him signed for the Rams next season.”
Dewsbury are not short of hookers in their squad, and Conroy will be competiting with Matty Wildie and James Delaney for a place in Morrison’s 17, while long-term absentee Tom Hemingway is also to return after being out with a knee problem but could be back in time for the Super 8s.
The Rams’ new signings will get their first taste of the Heavy Woollen derby, if selected, as Dewsbury take on Batley at the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday (3pm).
It will be the Rams’ third game in a week, after last weekend’s victory over Whitehaven and Wednesday’s loss to Leigh – which guaranteed the Centurions the Championship title.
Dewsbury had won three games in a row before the midweek defeat and will be looking to get back to winning ways against the Bulldogs, with league places proving to be crucial this year.
The higher the Rams finish in the regular season, the more the fixtures will favour them in the Super 8s.
If Dewsbury beat Batley and Featherstone lose to Whitehaven tomorrow (Sat) the Rams would finish in fifth.
However if they lose and Sheffield beat London, the Rams would be leapfrogged by the Broncos into sixth, meaning a seventh-placed finish for Morrison’s team.
But the Eagles – who this week announced they be going full time for 2016 season – would have to be only the third team to beat London in the capital this season, with Dewsbury and Bradford the only teams to beat the Broncos on their home turf.