NEW DEWSBURY Rams signing Jack Richardson says that he is delighted to join his hometown club.
The youngster has signed a permanent deal with the club, moving for the 2019 season after three years in the Huddersfield Giants academy.
He joined the Giants set-up in 2015 from amateur side Dewsbury Celtic, and is happy to be back playing rugby in the town he was born in.
“I have played for a lot of clubs around the area, it was a great opportunity to be offered to play for the club,” he said.
“It is fantastic that I am able to play for my local team.
“It has always been up there in my thoughts to play for the Rams, whether I started my career at the club or finished here.
“I have been down and watched a few games over the years and played at the stadium before when I played for my amateur sides.”
Richardson has gone from playing at amateur level to a Super League academy, and he acknowledges that it will be another big step up to competing for regular action at Championship level.
“From going and playing against lads that are my own age to now making the step up and playing against fully grown men will be a challenge,” he said.
“However I am looking to pushing myself physically. I think I am capable of holding my own and making that step up at Dewsbury.”
He added: “I have learnt a lot whilst I have been at the academy, it has been a good stepping stone for me.
“It has helped me develop my game, especially in the centre position and working on my defensive side of the game. I am hoping I can show what I have learnt whilst playing at the Rams.”
Richardson is predominantly a centre but says he can also play at second row.
“I am a centre/second rower, I am a tall lad who is of a good size and I am very strong defensively,” he said.
“When I first started out I was originally a full-back and then I just found my way into a centre position. I have played a bit of second row this year, but throughout my career I have been predominantly seen as a centre.”
Off the pitch, he said: “I am pretty down to earth and have a good sense of humour, I like to have a laugh with the lads.
“However when it comes to training and games I’m very serious, and when it comes to game day my head is always on the fixture.”
He says that his aim for the upcoming season is to challenge for a spot in Lee Greenwood’s team.
He said: “Throughout the pre-season period I just want to show that I deserve a spot in the starting positions and then play in as many games as I can. Hopefully from there I can progress in my career.”
Meanwhile, the Rams have also announced that Paul Sykes has signed a new one-year deal.
The 37-year-old half-back, a former England and Great Britain international, has committed to a fourth season with his hometown club.