Morrison wants Rams to start on a roll


Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison says Sunday’s Championship opener against Swinton is a must-win game if the Rams are to reach their goals this year.

Dewsbury take on the newly promoted Lions at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium this weekend in round one.

Morrison wants his team to start the season positively as they aim to improve on 2015’s display.

“They’re the tougher games, the ones you have to win if you’re going to be at the top end of the table at the end of the year,” he told Love Rugby League.

“They’ve got three or four of our guys from last year so there’s going to be a bit of feeling in the game.

“It’s going to be tough but we know if we’re going to be where we need to be at the of the year then we have to win.”

The Rams are gunning for a top six spot in 2016.

“That’s our goal, to improve on last year as we have done the last three,” Morrison said.

“To do that we have to make the Championship final. Top four is a bit tough with the full-time teams and likes of Workington and others spending a fair bit money this year too.

“It’s going to be a really tough competition but if we can get top six I think it would be a good achievement.”

Dewsbury finished off its pre-season in impressive style with a 33-0 friendly win over London on the weekend.

“Pre-season is what it is, you take it to develop, and give everyone a chance,” Morrison said.

“But on Sunday I asked them for a result as well. We wanted to put a marker down and get some momentum going into next week.

“The boys stepped up to the mark and to nil a full-time team last week, to put some tries on and the skill that we showed in bad conditions was really pleasing.”

Morrison has been coaching the Rams since the end of 2012. The 39-year old Australia has recently extended his contract with the club for another season.

“I’m happy where I’m at, it’s a great club,” Morrison said.

“The chairman is happy with what we’re doing on and off the field.

“I’ve put together for our budget a great squad and running a second team, winning Championship club of the year last year so there’s no rush to leave and I’m really happy to be there for another 12 months.”

Morrison admits he has ambitions to coach in Super League one day.

“Mark said that if a Super League club came in he wouldn’t stand in my way and obviously I want to get as high as I can as a coach, as you do as a player,” he said.

“The aim is to improve yourself and if a Super League club came you’d want to look at, but it would have to be the right club and the right decision to leave Dewsbury.

“I’ve got the blessing of the chairman if they did happen.”