Kear a ‘full-time admirer’ of Leigh

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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.

Batley Bulldogs' coach Matt Diskin. 
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

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