Dewsbury Rams can announce we have signed 20 year old, hooker Harvey Whiteley for the 2019 season.

The former Leeds Rhinos academy product is excited to move onto the next stage in his career and take it to the next level.

On signing for the club, Whiteley said: “I am excited to just get out on the pitch again, I have had a couple of months out, but now I am excited to get back training and playing.

“Hopefully all that I have learnt will help me this year, from every skill I have learnt from the amateur game to the academy game and now here. I haven’t really played against men before except for a short stint in a Super League game for Leeds against Wigan, so it is the next step in my career.”

On what he’s heard about the club, Whiteley insists that he knew Dewsbury was a good place for him to come to.

He commented: “It seems like a good environment, and Lee seemed like he wanted to get me on board, messaging me, asking how I was, and whether I was ready to train and play. Once I was fit enough to play, I thought this would be the right place for me to come to.

“I have seen a few games, I came to watch the Rams play Featherstone where I have a few mates who play there, and I know a few people here too. I didn’t know too much about the club, but I know it is a good one, and it has great facilities, and I also know a handful of players who are here already.”

On the type of player he is, the 20 year old added: “I like to be nippy around the ruck and I have learnt a lot from the likes of Rob Burrows and my old coaches. Whenever the markers are down, I just scoot straight away. I am not a selfish player and I like playing for my team when there is a good environment, and I like defending, I don’t mind getting stuck in, even for a little lad like me.

“Any blips in their back line and I am straight over to score, I have scored quite a few tries just from diving over the line and spotting some weak defenders.

“I like being a leader, I captained the academy side I was in and I got us to the Grand Final, but I hope to lead on the pitch. I need to be bossy in training and on the pitch otherwise the forwards might not listen to me. However I seemed to be doing alright in training with that even though I am not that familiar with some of the players yet”

On his new signing head coach Lee Greenwood said: “I am pleased to bring in Harvey who is another young hungry player who wants to do well at this club.”