MARK SAWYER is relishing the Boxing Day clash between Dewsbury Rams and their close rivals Batley Bulldogs at the Tetley’s Stadium.
Rams chairman Sawyer is hoping for a fulfilling season after seeing head coach Glenn Morrison strengthen significantly since the end of the 2015 campaign, and a Boxing Day win to kick-off the Rams’ pre-season schedule could be the catalyst for a season of success.
“I’m really excited to see the new signings in action,” said Sawyer.
“Glenn has been busy bringing in new players to bolster the squad and it looks very strong, despite having to work to a strict budget.”
Traditionally the Boxing Day fixture between Dewsbury and Batley brings in the crowds with attendances being among the highest of the year and Sawyer expects the same this time around.
“It is always a well attended match and both sets of fans really get behind their teams and it makes for a great atmosphere,” said Sawyer.
“And I hope that attendances when the two sides meet will stay at those levels throughout the season as well.
“Everyone is ready to see a bit of rugby league action again and hopefully we will get the win.
“The players will be eager to impress Glenn (Morrison) to stake a claim for first team selection throughout 2016, so I expect the fans will like what they see from the players on Boxing Day.”