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We are delighted to announce that Joel Russell has signed for the Rams for 2024!

The twenty-three-year-old hooker who hails from Dewsbury, played most of his career at Shaw Cross Sharks before heading to Australia for a season, winning the Minor Premiership with the Burdekin Roosters in the Townsville & District Rugby League. Russell’s dad Julian also played for the Rams in the early nineties.

Upon signing Russell said, “I’m very happy to be signing with the Rams, I’m grateful to Fergie and Chatty for giving me the opportunity and I’m looking forward to proving myself in the Championship.”

Assistant Coach Jaymes Chapman said, “His enthusiasm and effort during the several weeks we’ve been training has been very impressive.

Playing at nine is an integral part of the team and he looks as though he understands the style of play we want to get around the park.

He will learn a lot from the senior leaders we have in the team and he’s a great addition to the squad.”