KINGSTONE PRESS Championship leaders Leigh Centurions are proof of how much difference full-time training can make, Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear says.
Leigh made it 10 wins from 10 in the Championship with a 56-8 hammering of Bulldogs two days ago.
And Kear had nothing but admiration for the way the defending champions are going about their business.
“We were second-best in every department,” Kear conceded.
“It goes to show, one, what a quality team they are and two, the influence of being full-time. I feel the improvement in them has been phenomenal and that is mainly from the part-time players who have gone full-time.
“It just shows what a difference the opportunity to be a full-time athlete makes to people’s performance.”
Kear insisted his team can take some positives from the defeat.
“We stemmed the flow to a degree in the second half,” he said. “That’s a compliment to the spirit of the players. Some let themselves down, I can’t deny that, but some really stood up and led through deeds.”
To rub salt into Bulldogs’ wounds, they lost stand-off Cain Southernwood, who needed hospital treatment on a leg injury.
“The initial indication is it’s not broken, but we’re sending him for a further X-ray and a scan,” said Kear.