Dewsbury Rams second rower Tobias Richardson says he is loving the experience of playing for the club and has laid out his ambitions for the future.
Richardson has so far made three appearances for the Rams since catching the eye following a series of outstanding performances for Dewsbury Moor in National Conference League Division Two.
“I’m loving being at the Rams,” said Richardson.
“I know I’ve only been at the club a short while, but everyone has been very welcoming towards me – the players, coaches and fans.
“I think I’m doing OK for my part. I’ve only had three games so far, but I think I’m holding my own.
“Obviously, I have plenty of improving to do, but hopefully that will come with more experience on the field and at training.”
Richardson admits that making the step up from Conference level to the Championship has been challenge.
“It has been quite a step up to be honest,” he said.
“As most people know, there isn’t a thousand miles between the Championship and Super League, so for me the physicality of it and the speed has been quite a big jump.”
Tonight, The Tetley’s Stadium hosts Heavy Woollen Finals Day and Richardson says he’s looking forward to seeing some of his old team-mates and opponents in action.
“I think it is massive for all clubs to engage with their local community clubs, not just Dewsbury.
“The community game is the foundation of our sport if there are no amateur players then there are no professionals.
“There is a lot of talent in the local area that goes unseen, but hopefully things may change in that respect in the coming years.”
Looking ahead to upcoming fixtures and challenges, Richardson says his priority is to play as many minutes as possible.
“My aim at the moment is to secure a starting position at Dewsbury, week in, week out, and play as many games as possible.
“But the most important thing is to enjoy the whole process, which I’m sure I will.”