Batley: Bulldogs building for next season

John Kear
John Kear
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JOHN KEAR has mixed feelings about Batley Bulldogs’ end to the season.

Bulldogs completed their campaign with a 60-12 home win over Hunslet Hawks and finished fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table, three points and one place outside the play-offs.

“It was a good way to finish and I was really pleased for the players,” said coach Kear of the win two days ago. “In our last two home games we’ve scored 50 and 60, run in 21 tries and conceded two. It’s a nice way to sign off at home, but we’re disappointed we didn’t finish in the play-offs. We felt we could have given it a bit of a shake-up, but it wasn’t to be. I feel we have improved this season from last season and there’s lots to build on for next year.”

Bulldogs have retained the majority of their squad for 2016, but Kear said he is looking to bring in new half-backs.

“Everything is well in hand and I think fans will be very happy with it once everything’s announced,” he said.

Bulldogs scrum-half Scott Leatherbarrow, who scored a try and seven goals against Hunslet, has signed a two-year deal with Championship rivals London Broncos.

He said: “It’s obviously a big move for me moving away from my family and friends, but I’m really looking forward to a new challenge. Training full-time will benefit my game in a number of ways.”