Godwin takes on Rams coaching role

DEWSBURY RAMS captain Wayne Godwin will combine his playing role with a coaching position at the Tetley’s Stadium in 2015.

Godwin will join head coach Glenn Morrison and assistant Damien Gibson as the third member of the Rams’ first team coaching staff.

The former Castleford, Wigan, Bradford and Salford player recently re-signed with the club after an impressive first season with the Rams was cut short by injury.

Rams chairman Mark Sawyer said: “Wayne has a long-term aim to get into coaching and as a senior player and club captain he is already heading down that route.

“Adding him to the coaching team will get him into the back office set-up and directly involve him with the planning and video review work that goes on.

“He will also run his own drills in the training sessions and help with the overall development of the squad.

“We are hoping this will help fast-track Wayne into a coaching role when he finally calls time on a long and distinguished playing career.”

Elsewhere, the Rams have confirmed that the club will operate a reserve team in 2015, subject to confirmation of a competition structure by the RFL.

The club had laid out plans to enter a second team into a newly-proposed competition earlier this year, and are now awaiting a full structure from the game’s governing body.

Following the club’s decision not to have a dual-registration partnership for 2015 this is the first time the club has fielded a reserve team for a number of years.

It is expected that there will be no age restriction on the competition, with games likely to start in late March/early April, although the club is already lining up a number of friendly fixtures to ensure that the whole squad is up to match fitness.

Further information on fixtures will be announced in due course.

Rams chairman Sawyer added: “We have been clear about our intentions to explore the option of a reserve team for a number of months now, but as a club we needed to gain reassurance from the RFL that a reserve competition would be worthwhile for us.

“We have since received those reassurances and are now happy to confirm our plans.

“The re-establishment of a reserve team will assist with the long-term development of the club’s younger players.

“It will also provide a practical exit route for young amateur players from the local area who are seeking a path into the professional game.”

The Rams reserve team will be coached by current first team player Jonathan Schofield.

The 24-year-old – who is the son of the former Great Britain captain Garry – will continue to be available to play for the first team squad.

Schofield signed for Dewsbury ahead of the 2012 season and has made 14 appearances since arriving at the club, scoring three tries and kicking a drop-goal.

Injuries and work commitments limited the half-back to just one appearance in 2014 enabling the player to start his coaching process by helping Morrison and the coaching team as well as scouring the local amateur game for emerging talent.

He will be taking extra exams in preparation or the role and first team chief Morrison believes that Schofield has a bright future in coaching.

He said: “Since I’ve coached Jonathan he’s not had much luck with injuries. He only ended up playing one game all last season and didn’t even play in a friendly.

“But he’s had a positive attitude throughout all of that and probably has the best football brain at the club.”

In other club news, Dewsbury have announced the termination of their contract with kit manufacturers Zar-X Sports.

Following the provision of playing kits, training wear and supporters merchandise in 2014, the Rams took the decision to extend their contract with Zar-X by a further two years.

In return, Zar-X pledged delivery of the 2015 player and supporter kits in time for tomorrow’s open day (Sat), after the designs were approved by the club and the RFL.

However, Zar-X has since failed to respond to club enquiries and, following discussion with two other Championships clubs who are also signed to the manufacturer and experiencing similar issues, the Rams have been led to draw the conclusion that Zar-X has ceased trading.

As a result, the club has acted swiftly to terminate its contract and strike a deal with another supplier, whose identity will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

A club spokesman said: “We are very disappointed with these series of events, which have left the club in a very difficult position.

“Our agreement with Zar-X was re-enforced by two further telephone calls at the start and in the middle of November.

“Unfortunately after that date communications became a big issue and a deadline was given to the company to respond to our enquiries.

“They failed to meet that deadline, so we have ended our relationship with Zar-X and moved quickly to secure a new supplier.

“Tomorrow’s open day will go ahead as planned and supporters will still be able to get an exclusive first look at the designs for the home and away shirts for 2015.”

The Rams are still hoping to secure stock of supporters’ replica shirts in time for Christmas, and will be taking orders on the day for collection as soon as they arrive.

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