Exciting times to come as Rams plan for next season

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Dewsbury Rams are beginning to put plans in place for next season following their Kingstone Press Championship play-off defeat last week.

The Rams have punched above their weight for much of the campaign and deserve huge credit for clinching a top eight finish before winning at Doncaster in the first round of the play-offs.

The trip to champions Sheffield Eagles last Sunday proved a step too far as the Rams lost 52-16 but Glenn Morrison and his squad can be proud of their efforts.

Plans are already gathering pace ahead of next season and the club have announced a fans forum for Friday October 4.

The club will bring fans up to speed with developments at Tetley’s Stadium, including the latest on negotiations with a major new sponsor and the 2014 season ticket prices.

There are also set to be several changes in playing personnel for next season and the Rams hope to announce new signings at the fans forum, which takes place in the Royal Suite from 7.30pm.

It is understood one player on his way to Dewsbury is prop Jobe Murphy, who has been released by Bradford Bulls.

Murphy was on dual registration with the Rams this season and played four times, against Whitehaven, Halifax, Sheffield Eagles and Swinton Lions, while also featuring four times in Bulls colours.

On Wednesday, Murphy Tweeted: “Delighted to have signed at Dewsbury for next year. Hard work starts now.”

Winger Jamaine Akaidere has left the Rams and will join former teammate Matty Tebb in making the switch to Hunslet Hawks, while James Craven has joined Championship rivals Keighley Cougars.

Craven has been popular among Dewsbury supporters and signed off with a try in his final game for the Rams at Sheffield last week.