Rams winger Gareth Potts has set his sights on a quick start to the 2018 campaign, after finishing last season in good form.

Potts had to wait for his opportunity in 2017, but produced a decent try-scoring return during the Super 8s.

The former Halifax and Batley will be aiming to secure a starting spot for Dewsbury this year, after having been introduced from the bench in the Boxing Day defeat to Batley.

“It was a slow start last season, and obviously we want to improve that this time around,” he said.

“We want to get as many points on the board as early as possible, then continue that good form for the rest of the season.

“We finished strong last season and put a good run of games together, but it was the start that ruined our chances.”

Potts has similar aspirations on a personal level.

“Last year was a bit hit and miss for me, with injuries and then not being selected, so I couldn’t really get going.

“However, I did play a lot better when I got a run of games under my belt and that is my main focus for this year – to cement a place in the team and keep that shirt.”

The winger added that the squad is excited by the challenge of an ever-improving Championship.

“It’s always getting tougher, and there are some massive away trips coming our way, going to the likes of Toulouse, and then to Cumbria, and that isn’t even mentioning the trip to Toronto.

“We want to try and pick as many points up as we can at these places, but we know it won’t be easy.

“You also have also got the full-time teams coming back into it, while the likes of Leigh and Featherstone will be up there, as they always are; the league is just getting harder every year.

“It all comes back to the start, though. If we can get off to a good start then we should be looking at at least a top six finish, if not higher.”