NEW Dewsbury signing Rob Worrincy has revealed that he turned down offers from a host of other clubs to sign for the Rams.
The winger had contact from Championship sides Rochdale and Toulouse as well as offers from several League 1 clubs.
Worrincy was part of the Halifax side who finished in the top four last season, and the Leeds-born player has made 132 appearances for Halifax and over 100 for Sheffield Eagles.
The experienced winger has signed a one-year deal with the Rams and says that the people involved at the club had a big influence on his decision to join.
“I’m coming to the latter stage of my career and the people at the club were a big pull for me,” said Worrincy.
“It is a tough, industrious club with really hard-working players and every year I have played at Dewsbury Rams it has been a tough place to go to.
“It is a club with an illustrious history and I have had few offers from other clubs but with the personnel at Dewsbury, it was the best option for me.
“I have played with Gareth Moore at Halifax and he is a pretty close mate of mine.
“There are a few other players I have played with at previous clubs but I am really looking forward to playing alongside Dale Morton.
“He is a really difficult player to handle and has always helped to give the forwards a roll on, so hopefully I can have an impact as good as him and we can work a bit of a combination together.”
With his vast experience in the Championship Worrincy is no stranger to playing at the Tetley’s Stadium.
However, come next season the former Halifax winger is looking forward to having the red, amber and black crowd cheering for him rather than against him.
He said: “Dewsbury is a difficult place to come for many teams, with the size of the pitch, passion of the players and the crowd, it has been a pretty intimidating place for me in the past.
“It will be good to be playing there and have more people cheering you on and be able to get accustomed to the field and try and give other teams as hard a time as I have had there in the past.”
Worrincy believes that the Rams have the squad to beat any team in the Championship but they must be consistent with their performances, regardless of who they are playing.
The 32-year-old is also hoping that his own experience will help the younger players who have joined the squad this season.
He said: “There is quality throughout the side and on our day, if we play to our ability, there won’t be many teams who will come away with a win against us.
“Having seen the results from the start of the season last year, consistency and showing a good attitude throughout are going to be the key things for the club.
“In some of the bigger games it is easy to motivate yourself as you want to prove a point that you can play against players at that top level.
“It is when you come up against the teams that are around or below you in the table, they are the games that require some real concentration.
“If we can maintain a really good record at home and be competitive in as many away games as possible then we could be at the right end of the table.
“Hopefully I will be able to bring some experience, I have been involved in a lot of tough games in the Championship.
“A lot of the games come down to mental attitude and toughness and hopefully with my experience and knowledge, I will be able to help the younger lads when it comes to making the right decisions on the field.”
It is just under four weeks until Dewsbury come up against Batley in the Boxing Day derby, a game that Worrincy hopes to make his debut in.
The Rams winger says he has never been part of such an intense rivalry and he is excited to take part in one of rugby league’s most famous fixtures.
He said: “I haven’t been involved in any kind of famous or infamous derbies so it is really exciting to get a chance to be involved in the Heavy Woollen derby.
“I have got friends who play at Batley and they talk about the games and even though the game in a few weeks is only a friendly there are still bragging rights to be won.”