Last night Dewsbury Rams announced that centre Adam Ryder will be staying on for the second year of his contract.
The club and head coach Lee Greenwood are delighted we’ve been able to retain Adam.
On him staying at the Rams, Ryder said: “We put a lot of hard work in pre season for the 2020 season and I believed we were building a good squad and environment to play and train in.
“When Greeny (Lee Greenwood) told me we were keeping the majority of that squad it made my mind up for me. Hopefully we can build from the beginning of the 2020 season and improve more as a squad and club.”
Ryder arrived at the Rams in 2018 under previous head coach Neil Kelly from Betfred League One side Keighley Cougars. Since joining Dewsbury, Ryder has gone from strength to strength.
On his Rams journey so far, Ryder said: “It has been a good journey, which is far from over. My first full season (2019) in the Championship was far from ideal but I enjoyed the process of getting myself physically and mentally ready for the 2020 season.
“I feel we will be going back to a new Rugby League post lockdown with the 6 again rule so I’m looking forward to the challenge of a fitter and faster game.
“I can’t wait to get back! This is the longest I’ve not played or trained for rugby since I was 15.”
On what the 2021 season might bring the Rams, Ryder continued: “Like I’ve said, I believe we were building something special as a squad at Dewsbury and I was enjoying turning up to training and match day again (especially after the 2019 season).
“I hope we can keep that atmosphere up for the 2021 season and build on it.”
Since arriving at the Tetley’s Stadium Ryder has built a special connection with the fans and had this to say as a message too them.
‘First I would say to the fans thank you to anyone who has supported the club through these times. And secondly, we hope to see them all in 2021.
“Spread the word and bring as many people as you can to Dewsbury on a Sunday afternoon. In this day and age we’ll all need a distraction/ return to normality and hopefully our performances on the pitch can draw as many people in as we can.”