DEWSBURY RAMS half-back Anthony Thackeray has penned a new deal which will keep him at the Tetley’s Stadium until the end of the 2016 season.
The influential scrum-half has been in fine form for the Rams this season, posting an impressive five-try haul in their Sunday’s game at Barrow Raiders.
He has also picked up a number of man-of-the-match accolades along the way and the club were keen to retain his services in the long-term.
The Rams club and coaching staff were delighted with the deal and say that a player of his calibre will help to build the club.
Head coach Glenn Morrison said: “Anthony is one of the most professional and dedicated players I have coached.
“He always wants to improve his game and is in doing extras with video analysis and personal improvement on the field nearly every day.
“He is one of those players that is a pleasure to coach and brings a real threat to opposition teams and is someone I’m delighted we can continue to build our competitive side around.”
Thackeray was also delighted with his new two year contract extension and said: “It was a simple decision really. I’m really enjoying myself with the team and coaching staff at Dewsbury.
“I believe my game is improving and I want to continue that improvement and push myself to be the best player I can.
“I think the next few years are where I will be at my peak in rugby and I’m glad I will be playing them at the Rams.
“I want to play in a competitive team and win trophies and I believe I’m at a club where I can do that.”
Meanwhile, Dewsbury are at home to Halifax on Sunday (3pm) and will be aiming to continue their winning form after defeating Barrow last week.
‘Fax travel to the Tetley’s Stadium sitting third in the table after beating Rochdale Hornets last weekend and Morrison admits it will be a real test.
He added: “Halifax are a top four team but they have been a bit like us with their results, they have had some good ones and some bad.
“It is going to be a test because they have some great players like Scott Murrell who always provides a threat.
“We must work on our defence, which has been good most games, but we need to it to be good every week.”
The Rams could be without in-form winger Gregg Scott for the fixture after he was helped off at Craven Park with a knee injury.
The full extent of the injury is yet to be determined, with the outside back due for a scan to find out how many weeks he will miss.
“Unfortunately Gregg Scott injured his knee at Barrow which is a big loss for us because he has been outstanding and he got in the team of the week,” added Morrison.