DEWSBURY RAMS have signed Bradford Bulls’ Lucas Walshaw on a one-month loan deal.
Walshaw, who can play at centre or second-row, returns for his third spell with the club, after playing at the Tetley’s Stadium in 2013 and 2014 whilst a Wakefield Wildcats player.
The former Dewsbury Celtic junior goes straight into Glenn Morrison’s squad for their home game against Halifax on Sunday (3pm).
“I have coached Lucas since the under-18s at Wakefield,” said Morrison.
“He’s a local boy who has played for us on loan in each of the last two seasons. We learned of his availability and moved quickly to secure his services, with a number of big and important fixtures coming up.”
The new signing will be a welcome boost for Dewsbury with Karl Pryce and Jason Crookes both carrying injuries. Centre Shane Grady, who has been out with a broken thumb, suffered a setback but could return in three weeks’ time – and Morrison says Walshaw’s versatility will benefit the Rams.
“Lucas knows our place and the systems we run with and can cover a number of positions. I’m looking forward to working with him again,” he said.
Morrison also confirmed Callan Beckett is a serious doubt, with the centre been forced to play with pain-killing injections due to a shoulder injury.
However some better news for Dewsbury is that forward Steve Nash is back into contention and could fill the gap in the forwards left by Jason Muranka and Toby Adamson.
Adamson remains sidelined after suffering an ankle problem in the defeat to Sheffield back in May, while Muranka is on international duty with Serbia.
One player that won’t feature in Sunday’s game is hooker Ryan Wright, who has been granted an extended break from the club.
The Rams said the issues were not discipline-related and head coach Morrison said he hoped he would see Wright back in the side next season.
“Ryan has had a real tough time recently,” said the Rams boss. “We gave him some time off earlier in the season and he did come back to play – and was hopeful that he’d overcome his recent issues – but Ryan has since realised that he still needs more time to recover.
“The health and private lives of Ryan and the rest of the players at the club are of paramount importance to me and to the club.”
That could mean James Delaney retains his place in the squad for Sunday’s clash with Halifax – who this week signed former Dewsbury and Batley forward Luke Menzies on a month’s loan from Salford.
The Rams will be looking to emulate last season’s 25-0 play-off victory over their Championship rivals. Halifax currently sit in the coveted fourth position, on points difference, ahead of Featherstone and London, while last weekend’s defeat left Dewsbury in seventh, two points adrift.
• Dewsbury’s away game against Leigh, which was scheduled to take place on June 28, has been re-arranged to Wednesday July 22 due to Leigh’s Challenge Cup game with Warrington.