Hull KR and Dewsbury renew dual-registration partnership

Hull KR and Dewsbury Rams have extended their dual-registration partnership for the 2021 season.

The link was originally agreed for 2020 but, following the success of players moving between the clubs, has now been renewed for another year.

Rovers forward Matty Gee (above) has featured for the Rams once so far on dual-registration, while winger Will Oakes is on a season-long loan deal with Lee Greenwood’s side.

Several Dewsbury players have also turned out for the Robins’ reserve grade team, including halfback Morgan Punchard and forwards James Thornton and Sam Moorhouse.

“I’m really pleased that we have been able to renew our dual registration partnership with Hull KR,” said Dewsbury chairman Mark Sawyer. “They were very accommodating in setting up the agreement and in agreeing to the pre-season friendly, which will hopefully prove to be a massive boost to us at an important part of the preparations for next season, whenever that might be.

Hull KR winger Will Oakes is on a season-long loan with Dewsbury as a result of the clubs’ partnership. Credit: News Images

“They have a good squad of players with good attitudes instilled in to them by a quality coach as we saw from the way both Will Oakes and Matty Gee performed in our colours.

“There is no doubt that the pandemic will affect the way clubs are run, even after we are back to the new normal. I’d like to think that we are all one big rugby league family, and the help and assistance we have received from Hull KR with this has filled me with a lot of hope for our game in the future.”

KR CEO Mike Smith added: “The partnership we have with Dewsbury never really got going due to the pandemic. However, going forward, Super League, Championship and League 1 clubs need to work together to help each other and the game prosper. Therefore, we have agreed to extend the partnership for the 2021 season.

“Tony and I met with Mark and Lee a couple of weeks ago and it was a really constructive meeting. We like their vision for their club and they like ours. There is so much we can do to help each other with the players, staff and sharing of ideas and best practices.”