Dewsbury Rams new assistant coach Paul Mennell is delighted to take up a position at the club.
Once the reserve team Head Coach, Mennell now takes up an assistant role alongside Nathan Graham and Paul Sykes and will work under head coach Lee Greenwood.
On returning to the Rams Mennell said: “I’ve been in contact with Lee for sometime about coming back to do some coaching.
“I’ve worked with him before at Batley and Halifax and agree with his philosophies so it was an easy decision really. I also enjoyed my time at Dewsbury previously when I was there in 2015.”
Mennell was a player before he went into coaching, he has many great memories from those days.
He said: “There are many good memories really, such as playing in Australia and getting nominated for the young player of the year in my first Championship season.
“However I think I’ll have to go for making the Grand Final for Batley vs Sheffield. It was a great atmosphere and experience, and the night out after wasn’t bad either haha.”
On why he wanted to get back involved specifically at the Rams, and how much he enjoyed the role as reserve Head Coach when here, Mennell continued: “It’s a great club. I enjoyed the role a lot. It was great to see some of the younger lads develop as players, many then played in the first team. It was a shame that there weren’t many teams in the league really as the lads could have done with more of a consistent structure.”
Mennell gave us an insight into his thoughts about the current crop of players, currently at the club.
Mennel said: “Lee has assembled a really promising squad. The lads are great, they are very welcoming! They work hard in training and are committed to the cause.
“There’s a good mix of experienced players and youth, which is always good. He’s ensured competition for places and there can’t be any complaints with that. I feel it brings the best out in people!
“They can’t wait to get back into playing, as I’m sure all the fans can’t too!”
Finally Mennell believes the Betfred Championship will just be as tough this time around as in previous years if not tougher.
“The Championship has always been a tough league with some great teams and players.
“I’m really looking forward to the 2021 season, I’m sure everyone is. It will be great when all the teams can get back out and play and the fans can get back to cheering them on!”