Diskin taking a long-term view as he demands an improvement

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COACH MATT Diskin has no doubt Batley Bulldogs will come good despite their inconsistent form so far this season.

Bulldogs are seventh in the Kingstone Press Championship ahead of tomorrow’s home encounter with second-placed French club Toulouse Olympique (3pm).

Last week’s one-point loss to Dewsbury Rams was a huge setback to Batley’s top-four hopes, but Diskin is looking at the bigger picture.

He said: “This year has not been great so far, but we are confident in our structures and what we are doing off the field. Whether it is at the end of this season or next year, it will bear fruit for us.

“We are confident as a group of players, a coaching staff and as a club.”

Batley have a win and defeat from two meetings with Toulouse previously this year. Diskin is looking for a big improvement on last week’s performance, despite his side outscoring Dewsbury by three tries to one.

“It was frustrating,” he said of the Summer Bash loss. “We got out-muscled and lacked composure at key times.

“We have got to improve on that. Some people have got to step up as leaders and start helping Dom (Brambani) out, because at the moment he is isolated.”

The Bulldogs have signed centre Jason Crookes in a swap deal which has seen Macauley Hallett move over to Dewsbury.