Rams sign trio for relegation dogfight

Dewsbury have made three further additions to their squad as they fight to avoid relegation.
Last week saw the arrival of Liam Welham from Featherstone and over the weekend a dual registration deal was done to secure the services of Bradford prop Steve Crossley.
Before the ink had dried on Crossley’s deal, boss Warren Jowitt had signed a third player in the shape of the released York City Knight Mark Barlow.
Barlow departed local rivals Batley at the end of last season and in search of a new challenge, Jowitt believes the 27yearold will provide his side with another dimension.
He said: He’s a utility player and that’s something we don’t really have here at the moment.
“We’re glad to pick him up because he’ll increase the competition for places and that brings out the best in players. When you know that you’re going to get in the team every week, complacency starts to creep in.”
Jowitt admitted that he’d be in the hunt for Crossley for the past 12 months and that his signature will add some muchneeded ‘muscle’ to the frontrow.
The 20yearold has featured eight times in Super League for the Bulls and the Dewsbury boss is hoping that his experience will rub off onto the rest of his pack. “Steve is a very good prop forward,” claimed Jowitt.
“Physically he’s exactly what I’ve been looking for and I’m glad we’ve been able to get hold of him from.
“I tried to sign him last year but Bradford wouldn’t let him come at that point.
“He’s been in the reserves for the last few weeks there but they haven’t kept hold of him for nothing, he’s played at Super League level and he knows what it’s all about.
“With Crossley, Richard Fletcher and Rob Spicer all in the pack together it’ll make us much more of a threat going forward.
“Your pack can influence a game, if your pack isn’t winning the forwards battle then that puts pressure on your halfbacks and the link cannot be made to the three quarters.
“I think the signings we have made recently make those links work much better and hopefully get us out of the bottom two.”
The arrival of Welham at the Tetley’s Stadium could cause a stir, however. The 22yearold centre – brother of Hull Kingston Rovers star Kris – asked to be released from Featherstone due to a lack of first team opportunities. Boss Daryl Powell is understood to have had little hesitation in allowing Welham to leave although he declared himself ‘disappointed’ with the way Welham’s Rovers tenure had come to an end.
Jowitt added: “He’ll be a very good addition for us. He certainly knows the way to the line.
“I’ve felt for some time now that we’ve been missing another, strong, threequarter and I’m sure Liam will suit our needs.”
Jowitt declared that all three of his new recruits will feature in their game with Barrow in just over a week’s time.
Meanwhile James Lockwood has been banned for one match after admitting the Grade B offence of making dangerous contact with an opponent in the game against Widnes Vikings on July 10.
He was also fined £50.
The club have announced that the proposed date change for their upcoming away fixture against Featherstone has been cancelled.
The game will now be played on the originally scheduled date, Sunday August 21 at 3pm.

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