Sykes eyes Boxing Day triumph

Sykes eyes Boxing Day triumph

DEWSBURY RAMS’ new signing Paul Sykes is relishing the opportunity to play in his first derby match against Batley Bulldogs.

The experienced Dewsbury-born full-back or centre has settled in well since joining his hometown club from Featherstone ahead of the 2016 campaign – and he cannot wait to play in his first game for the Rams at the Tetley’s Stadium.

“It will be a great experience for me playing against Batley,” said 34-year-old Sykes.

“I’ve had an interest in this fixture since I was a boy but I have always had to watch the match from the stands until now.

“I would love to be able to mark my debut with a win against our biggest rivals.”

Despite the Boxing Day match being classed as a friendly Sykes will not be treating the game in such a manner, and added: “As a player you want to win every game you play in and you want to play well whether there are points up for grabs or not.

“For the fans, bragging rights are at stake, which to them are almost as important as points.

“I know Glenn (Morrison) will experiment and try out new things that we have been working on in training, that is what makes him a good manager, he’s always finding new areas where we can improve, but it is up to us players to implement those tactics and techniques in order to win the game for the fans on Boxing Day.”

The Heavy Woollen Boxing Day derby always draws in the crowds and the former Wakefield Trinity and Bradford Bulls player is understandably excited.

He continued: “It will be a great experience and I expect there to be a real buzz around the ground, it will spur me on and together I’m confident the team can play well together and get a win.”

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