Dewsbury Rams can officially announce that the club has signed Simon Brown for the 2019 season. Brown is an experienced player at Championship level and has played for many clubs, his main position is at halfback.
Although Brown has had many clubs it is not the past he wants to concentrate on but the future, and that future is at Dewsbury.
He commented: “I was previously at Sheffield Eagles, where I spent a few years, and previous to that I had a quick spell at Hunslet. I am not that bothered about what I have done in the past, I am now just looking forward to my time at Dewsbury really.
“They have got great support and it is an historic club, and every time you play at Dewsbury it is a tough game to play in. It is definitely a club with ambition, and with Lee coming in, he is someone who can really drive that ambition.
“I have worked with Lee before, so he called me in we had a quick chat and the deal was done to be honest.”
The 29 year old gave the Rams website an idea of what it is like for an opposition player to play at the Tetley’s Stadium.
Brown added: “It is a small and compact ground which is very old school, the fans are on your back if you are an opposition player and it is something you can only wish to have if you are a home player.
“You always notice that when the crowd get going the Rams are always fired up to play. That is exactly what we want to be next year, and hopefully we can have a good season.”
Brown has worked with the Rams head coach previously and is glad to be working with him again.
“I spoke to Lee and obviously the club already has good half-backs with the likes of Paul Sykes, it helps that Lee knows how I like to play. I like to manage the team around on the pitch and be right in the thick of it.” He said.
He continued: “Lee is pretty forward thinking and so if any of us as players have any ideas, he is pretty happy to take them on board.
“I have known him previously from his time at Halifax and so I know what he’s like, I haven’t worked with him since he has become a head coach, but I am glad to be here.”
Finally Brown gave the Rams website an indication of the kind of player he wants to be at the club, and he’s looking forward to his role.
Brown commented: “I want to be the guy that gets us around the field, I may not do spectacular things but I will game manage a game and use my kicking game and organisational skills to help the team out as much as I can.
“When it comes to those tricky moments in games, that is when you need your organizers around the field to really step up and help push the team through. Obviously as well it is good to help out the young lads and to give them confidence and let them show what they and you can do. You are basically the head coach’s eye’s and ears on the field, and you have to implement his plans on the pitch from what he has set out beforehand.
“We have got a few older heads in there but overall yes it is a young squad and those younger players are hungry to get stuck into training. Hopefully we will mix well, I think Lee wants to bring in a few more players too, so I think with the blend we have got at the minute it is good.”
On his new signing head coach Lee Greenwood said: “I am really pleased to get Simon in, he knows the game inside and out and he will be an important player for us. He adds quality competition in the half back positions for us and will help the younger lads in our squad.”