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Former Bull Sykes signs for hometown club

Former Wakefield Wildcats and Bradford Bulls utility back Paul Sykes has signed for Dewsbury Rams for the 2016 season.

Paul Sykes has signed for Dewsbury Rams for the 2016 season Credit: Press Association

The 34-year-old has scored more than 1500 points in his career and helped Featherstone Rovers lift the Championship Shield on Sunday bagging another 16 points.

Sykes will join his former teammate and Ram's coach Glenn Morrison at the Championship side.

I’m really pleased to sign for my hometown club

I spoke to Glenn about joining. He’s someone I’ve known for a while from our time together at Bradford and Wakefield.

We discussed my plans and in the end I was delighted to be able to join Dewsbury.

– Paul Sykes

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Rams 'seriously' considering Wildcats' ground share request

Wakefield are considering a ground share with Dewsbury next season, Rams chairman Mark Sawyer has revealed.

The Wildcats announced a month ago that they had issued a six-month notice to ground owners Bank of Ireland to leave Belle Vue Credit: Press Association

The Wildcats announced a month ago that they had issued a six-month notice to ground owners Bank of Ireland to leave Belle Vue, which has been their home for 120 years, because the rent was "unsustainable".

The club had hoped to move to a new 12,000 community stadium as part of a 100-acre business park just off the M62, but those plans have stalled and Wakefield chairman Michael Carter has ruled out sharing Castleford's proposed new ground.

It was thought the Wildcats were considering Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium as an option while Sawyer announced on his club's website that the Championship outfit have entered in to discussions with Wakefield over a possible ground-share at The Tetley's Stadium in 2016.

The Wildcats are considering possible avenues for a playing venue for next season and they have ear-marked The Tetley's Stadium as a serious option. We are looking at this very seriously, in constant and current liaison with Wakefield, and further announcements will be made should there be any developments in the weeks ahead.

– Mark Sawyer, Dewsbury Rams chairman

Carter has maintained that his club would be willing to stay at Belle Vue if the rent can be renegotiated.

Dewsbury Rams secure two players

Two players have put pen to paper at rugby league team Dewsbury Rams.

Kyle Briggs Credit: Press Association

Tommy Gallagher has signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2015 season.

The former Leigh man has made forty appearances, scoring nine tries and quickly made himself a crowd favourite.

And chairman Mark Sawyer believes there are more top displays to come from the all-action forward.“Tommy’s playing the best Rugby League of his career at the moment and is clearly enjoying himself at the Rams, which is pleasing for us as a club,” said Sawyer.

Featherstone Rovers half-back Kyle Briggs has signed for the club on an initial one-month loan.

The 26-year-old scored 32 tries in 43 appearances for Rovers during his first stint at the club and also had a spell at Super League side Bradford Bulls.

Dowes makes Dewsbury move

Championship club Dewsbury have signed former Leeds and Hull prop Ewan Dowes and taken Wakefield forward Lucas Walshaw on a month's loan.

Dowes (left) has signed for Dewsbury Credit: Press Association

Dowes, 33, was a Challenge Cup winner with Hull and is joining the Rams for the rest of the season after leaving Workington, while Walshaw is back at the Tetley's Stadium following a successful loan spell in 2013.

Walshaw, 21, has made 14 appearances in Super League, featuring the first three games of this season, but was left out of the side that beat Catalan Dragons last Sunday and will be available for Dewsbury's Tetley's Challenge Cup third-round tie against West Hull on Sunday.