Trio depart Dewsbury

Trio depart Dewsbury

DEWSBURY coach Glenn Morrison says he would have liked to keep Lucas Walshaw at the club after the centre was recalled early from his loan spell by Bradford Bulls.

Walshaw played just two games in his third spell with the club and is one of three players to leave the Tetley’s Stadium this week, after hooker Ryan Wright and Matthew Haggerty were released.

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Forward Haggerty has been allowed to link up with St Helens, who he joined earlier in the season, and the Super League champions have sent him immediately to League One side Rochdale Hornets, with whom they have dual registration agreement.

The decision was made after the Rams boss said he could no longer guarantee the former Barrow man first-team action.

“We wish him the very best but we didn’t want to hold him back as he is a good kid, who trains well and is great to coach,” said Morrison.

“It’s disappointing not be able to see this through to the end after the hard work that’s been put in since picking him up and getting him signed up by a Super League club, but unfortunately the level of performance and the availability of options we have in his position has limited – and would continue to limit – his game time.”

Meanwhile Wright, who was one of Morrison’s first signings at the club, has joined fellow Championship side Doncaster as he looks to rebuild his rugby career after spending time away from the game due to personal reasons.

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The hooker has made 29 appearences for the Rams, scoring two tries and recently told Morrison of his intention to return to the game.

“He spoke about getting some game time in the second team and then coming back into the first team,” said the Rams coach.

“The two of us discussed his prospects, the other people in his position at the club and how that might affect his game time with the first team in the months ahead.

“I was approached by Doncaster recently about the availability of a hooker and I put that option to Ryan, which he was keen to pursue.

“Doncaster have been keen to get somebody for an extended period, so we have allowed Ryan a release from his contract, which has enabled him to sign for them.

“He’s endured a tough time recently but I know that he is relishing the opportunity of a fresh start.”

The three departures won’t feature for the Rams as the team attempts to do the double over Championship rivals London on Sunday at the Tetley’s Stadium (3pm).

Dewsbury beat Andrew Henderson’s men 20-16 in the capital back in April but the Broncos have had a resurgence since their head coach came out of retirement and have picked up eight wins since the defeat to Dewsbury, including hammering Sheffield Eagles 46-6 and becoming the first side to beat Leigh in the league.

London are currently just one place above the Rams with 24 points, having played a game more. The clash will be crucial in fulfilling Morrison’s aim of finishing in the top six, while London will be hoping to close the gap between Halifax and Featherstone in search of a top four spot.

• Dewsbury are offering supporters subsidised away travel for the Rams’ game against Whitehaven on Sunday July 19.

The trip, organised by the Amber Ribbon group, will cost £15. To book a place contact the club on 01924 465489.

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