Batley add size to pack

Batley add size to pack

BATLEY have bolstered their pack for next season by handing new deals to prop forwards Toby Everett and Tyler Dickinson.

Everett, 23, made 25 appearances in his first season for the Bulldogs after signing from Dewsbury. He started his career at London Broncos and has also played for a number of sides, including Toronto, on loan.

Dickinson, also 23, was limited to just 15 games in his first campaign for the club after signing from Huddersfield due to injury. He played on loan for no fewer than five clubs before making his first permanent switch last year.

Both players have Super League experience for their first clubs and Bulldogs head coach Craig Lingard is happy to have the pair, who have both been handed one-year deals, on board for 2020.

“Both of those players have played at the highest level,” said the new Batley chief. “They’re big forwards who give us size in the middle against some of these top-end teams who have got full-time players.

“They’re both slightly different players. Tyler is a ‘crash, bang, wallop’ player but he’s got some decent hands on him as well.

“Toby is a real grafter and he’s hoping to get in a big physical condition this year. He’s already started pre-season on his own which is great to see. It shows that he’s got that desire, he wants to put his hand up and impress.

“He’s got some skills on him and he’s got a good pass, he can take it into the line and he’s a danger carrying the ball as well.

“They’re two seasoned, experience players in the Championship and they’ve both played Super League as well so although they’re both fairly young, they’ve got experience.”

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