“I’m really pleased to sign for my hometown club,”Sykes told his new club’s official website.
“I spoke to Glenn Morrison [Dewsbury coach] about joining. He’s someone I’ve known for a while from our time together at Bradford and Wakefield.
“We discussed my plans and in the end I was delighted to be able to join Dewsbury.
“I’ve followed the club closely for a number of years and have been down to watch matches whenever I’ve had chance.
“And it’ll be a real privilege to be on the pitch representing them in 2016.”
Rams coach Morrison is pleased to have added a player of such pedigree to his plans for 2016.
“As Sykesy has mentioned already, the two of us have known each other for a while,” he said.
“He’s one of the most experienced players in the Championship and capable of doing a job in a number of positions.
“He’s represented Great Britain and has years of experience at the very top of the game.
“Paul is an excellent goal-kicker – he scored 16 points in the Shield Final on Sunday – and that quality in front of the posts will be a real asset to us next season.
“He’s a local lad who knows and loves the club and I’m really glad to be able to finally bring him here.
“I’m sure he’ll be a big hit with the fans when he throws on that Dewsbury shirt.”