Dewsbury Rams head coach Neil Kelly has provided an insight in to the team’s preparations ahead of Friday’s Betfred Championship opening fixture against Sheffield Eagles.

Kelly is preparing for the first full season of his second spell as Rams boss, after guiding Dewsbury to a superb second half of 2017.

“We trained well last Friday, when we had a behind-closed-doors game against Keighley Cougars. That was a vigorous session for us,” he said.

“And, speaking on Monday, we were looking forward to two very good, Sheffield-focused training sessions.

“I think the pre-season period has been satisfactory and the players have done everything that we’ve asked of them,” Kelly added, following warm-up matches against Batley, Huddersfield and Bradford.

“I don’t put too much emphasis on the results during pre-season – I am more bothered about the performance – and I won’t get carried away with beating Bradford or losing to Batley.

“I’m more bothered about individuals and the ‘teams within the team’.

“And on that note I’ve been buoyed by the performances from the guys in the middle.

“I did think we were a little thin on the ground for front rowers, but I’m really pleased with how those guys did in all three games.”

Read full comments from Kelly in Friday’s match day programme.

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