DEWSBURY RAMS boss Glenn Morrison insists he is not concerned about his side’s poor run of results in pre-season.
The Rams have lost all three of their warm-up games so far against Batley Bulldogs, Wakefield Wildcats and Australian aboriginal side The Yowies, but the Aussie coach is confident his side will be at the top of their game in time for their 2017 Kingstone Press Championship opener against Rochdale Hornets.
“I’ve seen a lot of good things from my players so far,” said Morrison.
“We’ve been working on a lot in training and the guys have been implementing those in the games.
“Things don’t happen overnight though, things take time to perfect and that’s why the results haven’t gone our way so far, but that doesn't worry me.
“What I’ve been most impressed with is the decision-making of the team.
“Last year we conceded so many points by simply doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.
“It’s hard as a coach to see, but I’m hopeful we won’t see much of that next season.
“Our fitness levels are high as well which is good and if the season started tomorrow I think we’ll be ready in that department for sure.
“We’ve finished every game on top in pre-season, we may have got off to slow starts in some of them, but our fitness has means we’ve been able to over-run the opposition late on.
“But obviously we aren’t the finished product yet, defensively we’ve conceded some sloppy tries at crucial times so we’ll be working on that between now and the Rochdale game.”
Morrison, who has appointed Mitch Stringer and Paul Sykes as join captains for the new season, admits he doesn’t yet know his strongest side.
“I’ve seen a lot from the lads, some good things, some bad. Some guys have played themselves into contention for a starting spot against Rochdale and some have definitely played themselves out,” he added.
“The lads who have been struggling a bit recently have the Leigh game to impress me, unless they’ll be sitting out the games in the early part of the season.”
Injuries have also played a big role in the Rams’ pre-season. Josh Guzdek, who picked up a knee injury against Batley on Boxing Day, is expected to miss the start of the season and Luke Adamson is also not expected back until March following hip surgery.
Scott Hale, 25, who has already undergone three ops on a troublemsome shoulder injury, is also battling to be fit in time for the trip to Rochdale on February 5.
Meanwhile Kyle Trout has penned a one-year deal with Championship rivals Sheffield Eagles.
The back-rower made 29 appearances for the Rams last season and scored two tries.
In other news, the Rams are expecting their 2017 home and away kits to be delivered to the club shop by next Friday (January 27), in time for their friendly against Leigh Centurions.
Delays with the club’s new kit supplier, Errea, meant that the Rams’ one-off charity kit, worn for the Boxing Day derby which was due to be auctioned-off, was also on show against Wakefield and The Yowies.
However the club have taken delivery of their new leisurewear for 2017. Hoodies, polos and t-shirts are already on sale at the Tetley's Stadium.