DEWSBURY RAMS have pulled off arguably the coup of 2018 with the signing of Shannon Wakeman from Huddersfield Giants.
Rams boss Neil Kelly has made it clear in recent weeks that he was keen to add more depth to his forward pack.
Wakeman has signed on an initial one-month loan deal with a view to remaining at Dewsbury until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old Australian made 28 appearances for the Giants last season and was included in the Italy squad for the recent Rugby League World Cup.
Wakeman signed a two-year deal with Huddersfield at the end of 2016 but has yet to make an appearance for the Giants this year due to a hamstring problem.
The prop forward is expected to miss the first few weeks of his loan spell as he continues his recovery.
And Kelly believes the signing of Wakeman displays the aspirations of the club.
“It is a big coup, for a big player and in a big position,” said Kelly.
“But it is where the club wants to be, the club wants to go to that level whether that is realistic or not, I don’t know.
“I think he represents the sort of quality player we need to be looking at in the years to come.”
Wakeman is the third player to join Dewsbury on loan from Huddersfield and Kelly feels that highlights the good work going on at the club.
He added: “I think it is a slap on the back for what we are doing at Dewsbury as they recognise that we look after players.
“We work well with the Super League clubs and they have got a lot of confidence that we can help players develop and get back from injury.
“I don’t want to be known as the club that only gets other club’s players back from injury.
“He (Wakeman) is a genuine addition and benefit to the squad, especially when injuries come.
“It is nice to have rotation when players do get injured but not to have a drop in quality.”