Transfer speculation has contributed to Batley Bulldogs’ recent poor results, coach John Kear claims.
Bulldogs – who play host to Workington Town in the Kingstone Press Championship tomorrow (2pm) – are on a five-game losing run.
And Kear reckons his side have become victims of their own success.
“I think we have probably lost a bit of focus and enthusiasm and that may well be because so many of our players have been targeted to be going elsewhere,” he said. “There will be a big turnover and because for the first two-thirds of the season we did so well, our players have got noticed by other clubs. Whether that has an effect I don’t know, but there has been a lot of speculation and I think it’s speculation and rumour that causes unrest.”
Top-two Featherstone Rovers and Halifax are among the clubs being linked with some of Bulldogs’ key men.
“We have got more players than normal (set to leave),” Kear admitted. “There is going to be a fair old overhaul this year.”
Despite their slump, Batley are set to finish at least fifth and have targeted climbing a place to fourth in the final table.
Kear added: “We’ve been very consistent, except perhaps the last month. Confidence is an easy thing to lose and a difficult one to regain.”