Bulldogs set to lose centre Ulugia

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on-loan centre Chris Ulugia could be sidelined for the rest of the season after being injured in Batley Bulldogs’ 30-12 defeat at Workington Town two days ago.

Coach John Kear said Ulugia is likely to need surgery after suffering a dislocated shoulder for the second time during his spell at Batley.

Ulugia, on loan from Bradford Bulls, suffered a similar injury on his debut and Kear said: “We liaised with Bradford’s medical staff and thought we could re-hab it and get him back on the field.

“He played against Dewsbury and felt comfortable, but unfortunately it has come out again and it looks like he will need an operation this time.

“It looks like it’s season over, which is disappointing for him and for Bradford as well.”

Ulugia’s injury added to the insult of a heavy defeat in Batley’s opening Kingstone Press Championship Shield fixture. “It was a very poor performance,” conceded Kear, whose side face arch rivals Dewsbury Rams this weekend.

“I didn’t really see that one coming.

“We were very confident, but we had not trained at our best during the week and that was reflected in our approach and attitude in the game.

“We need to make sure we come up with better performances and if we do that, we’ll have a chance of winning,” he said.

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