Batley Bulldogs name Nicholson as third new signing

Batley Bulldogs name Nicholson as third new signing

BATLEY BULLDOGS have named Anthony Nicholson as their third new signing – and head coach John Kear insists “plenty more” are in the pipeline.

The 22-year-old hooker arrives as a direct replacement for George Flanagan, who has joined Featherstone Rovers on a two-year deal along with fellow Bulldogs Keegan Hirst, Gareth Moore and Liam Walmsley.

With Paul Mennell expected to join Halifax for 2014, Nicholson looks set to become Batley’s first-choice hooker.

And his capture comes just days after the Mount Pleasant club unveiled Keighley’s Scott Leatherbarrow as a major half-back signing.

Leatherbarrow will form a partnership alongside Australian star Ben Black following the departures of Moore and Tom Hemingway, who has agreed a one-year deal with neighbours Dewsbury.

Nicholson and Leatherbarrow and fresh faces alongside Sheffield winger Vinny Finigan, after it was announced that 10 Bulldogs were to leave the club last week.

“I am delighted with the way things are progressing, we are putting together an exciting squad which I believe will be again capable of making it to the latter stages of competitions next season," said Kear.

“We have lost a lot of players, through no fault of our own, but the idea of building another team is what keeps me in coaching.

“I am extremely excited about next season and what has been a fantastic 12 months for this club."

The Press understands Sam Scott will confirmed as a Bulldogs player as early as next week, having spent last season with relegated York.

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