Dewsbury Rams captain Paul Sykes won the Supporters Player of the Year award at the club’s recent presentation night. Sykes insists it was fantastic to finally get his hands on the award.

He said when winning the award: “Yes it’s always nice to be recognised by the fans that come week in week out and it is very much appreciated to receive this award from the supporters.”

Looking back at the season, the experienced player says the campaign has been a strange one for all involved. Believing the Rams could have been higher up the table with more wins, the club did come close in a number of fixtures last year.

He commented: “This season has been a bit crazy really because there have been a lot of games this year where we just missed out on the win, if those games were wins we would of been a lot further up the table, we have competed with the top teams and hopefully learnt from where we went wrong for the future.”

Sykes started the season well, however a serious injury to the 38 year old meant he was sidelined for a number of matches and couldn’t strike up a partnership with Liam Finn until later on in the season.

He said: “Nobody likes to be injured it’s frustrating having to watch your teammates from the sidelines it was a long few months but I was just glad to get back playing.”

Sykes gave us an insight into where he believes the Rams can improve going into next season and insists that if they can work on the things that haven’t quite worked this season, they could be onto a winner.

He said: “I think when we hit the front against teams we need the mental toughness to be able to stay in front and shut games out. We could maybe be more clinical with the ball in hand and take every chance we get, but it’s easier said than done.

“The championship just keeps getting tougher and tougher each year and just to compete week in week out will be good enough I think.”