Dewsbury Rams’ James Glover says he is aiming to continue his development in the centre position next season.

Glover has featured in almost every position on the field since breaking into the first team in 2016, but enjoyed a settled run in the threequarter line during the closing months of the 2017 season.

His performances earned him The Amber Ribbon’s Player of the Year Award.

“It turned out to be a good season for me last year,” he said.

“I wasn’t getting much game time and then Neil came in and started to play me and gave me the freedom to play how I wanted to play.

“I think I played everywhere last season, apart from hooker and prop, and so I wanted to nail down that centre spot.

“I have played in that position growing up, so I know the position well, and it’s where I’d like to be moving forward.”

Like his team-mates, Glover is confident that the Rams can make a more solid start to the campaign in 2018, after struggling for form during the early stages of last season.

“I couldn’t put my finger on why we started so badly last season, but hopefully we can start off better this time around.

“Neil came in and changed a few things around. The mentality towards games changed and we won something like eight out of our last ten games.

“We need to build on that good form going into this season.

“It isn’t going to be an easy ride,” Glover added.

“There are some great teams in there, like Leigh, Toulouse and Toronto, and their full time schedule will help them.

“They train for longer and have more time to prepare for games, which does make a difference, but we will give it our best.”

Meanwhile, Glover reserved some kind words for team-mate Paul Sykes, who will celebrate a testimonial in 2018.

“Bringing in new players has helped me, but then I’ve been able to learn off of the top pros at the club, like Paul.

“He knows a lot about the game and has given me some great tips on how to improve my own game.

“Paul has played at the highest level, and it’s great to learn off someone like him.”

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