Rams sign veteran Chapman

Dewsbury have brought in veteran hooker Richard Chapman, 35, on a weekbyweek deal in a bid to avoid relegation.

Chapman left the Rams at the end of the 2008 campaign  and after a lack of first team appearances for Hunslet Hawks, he was granted a ‘reluctant’ release from his contract last week. 

With Rob Spicer out of action for at least another two weeks and after recording a sixth straight loss, Jowitt has moved quickly to secure the services of his former teammate.

He said: “Richard (Chapman) is an old head and he will bring that level of experience to the squad that we desperately need.

“I’ve played with him before at this club and we know what each other is about so I’m hoping he can help us stay up.

“He helped Hunslet get promoted a few years back and I’m hoping he can help us stay up. He’ll definitely bolster the squad and strengthen the hooking role further.”

The Rams’ last minute defeat against York has seen them slip to tenth in the Cooperative Championship table and with a daunting fixture list ahead, beginning with Halifax on Sunday, Jowitt admits the pressure is mounting on himself and his players.

“There is pressure from all over at the minute but in this job there always is. I want to keep this team up and I’m trying as hard as I can to do so,” added the Rams boss.

“It’s no secret that I haven’t spent a great deal and that’s because the chairman is smart. He wants this club to continue, he doesn’t want it to fold. 

“We are punching above our weight in this division but we want to stay afloat. We’re not a £400,000 team we are a £40,000 team. 

“We’ve got to tackle Halifax and try and get whatever we can from that game.

“We dominated the game against York but yet again inexperience cost us dearly. 

“There are seven games left to play and we have to get everything we can from them, I’m aiming to win every single one of them. However if we can run teams close then we’ll get bonus points.”

The Rams face Leigh, Featherstone and Widnes respectively in the month of July and somewhere they have to get a result or face relegation after only one year back in game’s second tier.

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