Dewsbury Rams new signing Chris Annakin has put pen to paper on a two year deal at the club.
The former Super League star has chosen the Rams over other options to play at the Tetley’s stadium for his beloved Dewsbury.
Annakin played a number of games last season for the Rams whilst on loan from Betfred Super League side Wakefield Trinity.
On signing for the club on a permanent basis Annakin said: “I am really happy, I am a Dewsbury lad and a Dewsbury fan. I have been here before on loan, I was here last season and I really enjoyed my time here. I played some good rugby which has helped me get back up to the standard I was playing at, at Wakefield.
“I like to think it doesn’t matter what shirt I have got on I will give 100%. However it’s a bit more special when you are wearing your hometown club’s shirt.
“I used to sit in the stands with my dad when I was a kid every Sunday and watching the team. Now I’m out there playing for them.”
Annakin insisted that head coach Lee Greenwood was one of the major reasons why he wanted to sign for the club.
“When I came in last season I could see what Lee was trying to do. He wanted to win the dressing room over and what he did last year was put good foundations in. I could see where he wanted to take the club next season and I wanted to be a part of it and he’s a big reason why I came.
“Someone said to me why are you dropping to the bottom end of the Championship in Dewsbury who are fighting against relegation, that isn’t the standard you want to drop to. I said I don’t see Dewsbury as that standard, in the games I played in, in half of them we only just lost.
“We are talking about your top teams in the division this season. Toronto, York, Sheffield every time we just lost to them in the last minute or so.
“Personally I think with a good pre-season behind us and some improvements to the squad I think we can turn those games over and finish at the top end of the table.”
Annakin finally spoke about the bright future Dewsbury Rams has.
“It’s a club that owns its own ground, it has some fantastic facilities. Lee is a good coach who’s making the right moves to build a good squad. Nothing happens over night but yeah it has a bright future.”