Rival bosses distance themselves from Cats job

John Kear
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RIVAL BOSSES Glenn Morrison and John Kear have both been linked with the coaching vacancy at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, but insist they have more important things to focus on.

Neither man would comment on the Wakefield speculation ahead of tomorrow’s Summer Bash derby between Morrison’s Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs, coached by Kear, in Blackpool (12.45pm).

Rams were pipped by Sheffield Eagles on Tuesday and Morrison admitted: “Three games in a week is not the best, a few of the boys are a bit sore, but we are looking forward to it. It will be a good game against a side who have started to hit a bit of form of late.”

Morrison, who yesterday signed hooker Nathan Conroy on loan from Bradford Bulls. is not making an issue of his side’s recent tough schedule.

He said: “We’ve tried to rest a few and rotate a few, to keep as fresh as we can. Some might have to play in all three games (including last Friday’s Cup defeat by Warrington), which is not ideal, but we are confident and it’s a game we have got to win if we want to stay up near the top.

“There’s a few teams up at the top playing each other, but we’ve got to get the job done ourselves. If we win other results could help us out, but we’ve got to make sure we get the job done first. We want to win to get as high as we can and it’s a local derby, so it’s a big one and we expect a tough battle.”

Batley were close to pulling off a huge upset in last weekend’s Challenge Cup tie at Widnes Vikings and Kear said: “Sunday is a big game and one to get excited about.

“Last week was a big game for the players and they responded tremendously well. I am hoping for the same level of performance.

“It will be a larger than normal crowd again, with a bit more hoopla and I am hoping they respond like they did last week. They pushed Widnes pretty close and they should take confidence and heart from it.”

Kear feels Bulldogs have turned a corner since the disappointing home loss to Whitehaven earlier this month. He added: “We played very well at Workington in difficult – possibly self-inflicted – circumstances. We topped that performance against Widnes and we can feel pretty good about ourselves. We’ve just got to make sure we keep up to that level of performance.”