Three Rams pen deals

Three Rams pen deals

DEWSBURY RAMS have announced new deals for three players in the past week, as they begin to put their squad together for next season.

Daniel Igbinedion’s new contract was first announced after the final game of the season against Leigh Centurions, when the second rower won the man of the match award.

After an initial loan spell with the club in 2017, Igbinedion rejoined the club from Sheffield Eagles in May, and impressed with a number of powerful displays which have earned him a new deal for next campaign.

Michael Knowles has also signed a new deal with the Rams, providing another back row option alongside Igbinedion and Toby Richardson.

Knowles has racked up 21 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four tries, and has earned a new contract after joining the club in July last year from Featherstone Rovers.

The pack was then boosted further when Robbie Ward put pen to paper on a contract for the 2019 season.

The hooker has missed only five matches this year in his second campaign with Dewsbury, scoring five tries.

Meanwhile, the club has announced that winger Gareth Potts has left the club to join Hunslet.

Richardson excited for full Rams season

TOBY RICHARDSON says that he is looking forward to the “new challenge” ahead of Dewsbury Rams next season.

The former Dewsbury Moor player has made an impression at the club since signing in July, and was rewarded with a permanent deal.

“I would like to think I’ve gone well when on the field, (but) obviously there’s lots of room for improvement,” he said.

“I just want to progress week in, week out and hopefully I will be able compete confidently come next season.

“With only playing six or seven games I don’t personally think I’ve proved anything just yet. I just try to do what I can with the best of my ability.

“However, of course with whoever the new coach may be I’ve just got to work hard in training.

“It’ll be a new challenge for everyone and I can’t wait to get started in pre season.”

Richardson praised outgoing coaches Neil Kelly and assistant Paul Delaney.

He said: “Neil has been a good servant to the club over the last 18 months and I think he will be sorely missed by a fair few folk.

“I’ve only been at the club a short while but I wish him and Paul all the best in whatever they choose to do next.”

Finally, Richardson praised the Rams fans for the support he has been given since arriving at the club.

“It’s been great to be honest,” he said. “The fans have been really welcoming and I am sure a lot of the lads can say the same.”

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