Hull KR and Dewsbury enter dual-registration partnership

Hull KR and Dewsbury Rams have announced they will work as dual-registration partners for the 2020 season.

The agreement will see Dewsbury have access to up-and-coming KR players, as well as those not selected to play for Rovers on a matchday.

KR head of youth John Bastian said: “Aside from the first-team squad, dual-registration to the Championship is the next step for our players in terms of intensity.

“We have under-16s, under-18s and reserve teams in place too. And now, to dual-reg out to Dewsbury Rams, will be great for the players and it will work well for both clubs.

“Rugby League’s Achilles’ heel across the years has been having players that cannot get a game anywhere, with nowhere to play. There have been too many players over the last five or six years that have been missing out on playing regularly if fit and able. That holds back their development and progress, as nothing compares to game-day for these players.

“Those that do go out to Dewsbury Rams will see it as a step up from our reserve grade, and significant for their progress. Our players have to take it seriously as the Championship division takes no prisoners.

“I am sure that Dewsbury will be competitive next year, and Lee Greenwood is building himself a good portfolio as a coach.

“Any player that does go out on dual-reg will need to impress him to show that they are capable of the Championship and ready to then go onto Super League. I for one am excited to be part of this partnership with the Rams.”