Head coach Alan Kilshaw has his side well-prepared and fully braced for tomorrow’s big Betfred League 1 fixture at neighbours Dewsbury Rams.

The Parksiders will head to the `Flair Stadium’ in high spirits (and after a three-week lay-off, through a gap in the fixture programme) following a highly satisfactory start to the campaign for Kilshaw’s rebuilt squad; and Hunslet are fully aware of the physical, if dour, threat posed by the section’s leaders.

`Killer’ said: “The group is excited. These are the games they play for, we have had an extended preparation and the players are itching to get out of the blocks and rip in. We are over the bumps and bruises from an intense start to the season, and we are refreshed and ready to go.”

He continued: “Dewsbury have started the season well. They have shown their quality, beating Widnes (a top-four Championship side) in the Betfred Challenge Cup at the weekend.

“They are very methodical in what they do. It’s not the most pretty on the eye, or a brand of Rugby League that’s good to watch, but it is getting them good results.”

He concluded: “We are aware of the threat and physicality of how they will play, and we know what work ethic and approach to the game is needed to have the outcome we are capable of, and that we want. It’s a huge challenge, and it’s one we are ready to meet head-on.”

The Parksiders are without Aaron York, who sustained concussion in a serious motor accident last month, and Peter Ryan, who has been released for personal reasons.