DEPARTING COACH John Kear is proud of what Batley Bulldogs have achieved over the past five years.
Bulldogs were beaten 42-14 by Salford Red Devils in Kear’s final game as coach, two days ago, but finished seventh in the First Utility Qualifiers, after being third in the Kingstone Press Championship table.
Kear said: “It has been a good five years and to end on the crescendo we did was the ideal way to finish. We kept our goals to ourselves, but once the season started well, being the top semi-pro’ team in the country was one of the things driving us.
“I am proud of what we have achieved and I want to thank the chairman Kevin Nicholas, the chief executive Paul Harrison, the fans, the backroom staff and especially the players.”
Kear will begin a new role as head of rugby at Wakefield Trinity on November 1. Bradford Bulls assistant-coach Matt Diskin will take over at Batley.
Kear said: “I think the club are in a really good position. They have retained the vast majority of the squad and financially, they have always been prudent.
“They are probably the club in the best financial position in the whole of rugby league; they posted a profit last year, not doubt they will do again and I am proud to have contributed to that.”