Buttery departs Hawks while Bulldogs part company with Craven

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HUNSLET HAWKS and Batley Bulldogs have both parted company with a player by mutual consent.

Hawks coach Matt Bramald said ex-Leeds Rhinos academy and Batley utility-player Chris Buttery has left the club. “He has got an opportunity to move abroad, so we have released him,” Bramald said.

“He leaves with our best wishes and we hope he is successful in whatever he chooses to do.”

And Bulldogs boss John Kear said they have allowed former Keighley Cougars and Dewsbury Rams full-back James Craven to move on.

“He wants to play and we could not guarantee that, so we have agreed to release him,” Kear said.

Bramald will check on Lewis Reed (ankle and knee), Liam Mackay (ankle and elbow) and George Flanagan (hamstring) before confirming his side for Sunday’s visit of Toulouse Olympique in Kingstone Press League One.

Kear, whose team are at home to Halifax in the Championship on Sunday, said Sean Hesketh needs surgery on a shoulder injury and is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Featherstone Rovers coach Jon Sharp plans to name an unchanged side for Sunday’s visit of London Broncos. Rob Spicer, Tony Tonks and Matt Groat could return from injury when Dewsbury Rams visit Whitehaven tomorrow.