Batley faced with selection dilemma

Batley faced with selection dilemma

Batley assistant coach Danny Maun says that the Bulldogs coaching staff will have a huge selection headache ahead of this weekend’s Championship opener.

The Bulldogs kick off their 2018 Betfred Championship season with a trip across the Pennines to face Rochdale. 

And after a hugely positive pre-season campaign Maun has said that every player has made a claim for a starting place. 

“There has been a different feel in training this week, it is game week so it always goes up a few levels,” said Maun. 

“Everyone wants to get into the 17 and the biggest dilemma we have is selecting our match-day squad. 

“Every player has put their hand up in pre-season and every player who is available is good enough to get into the 17.”

Maun says that there is a more confident feel around Mount Pleasant this season, as Matt Diskin enters his second year in charge. 

The Bulldogs assistant believes that the squad have had plenty of time to adjust to Diskin’s style and that they are now in better shape than this time last year. 

He said: “Me, Matt and the other coaching staff are feeling confident, the lads have had a while to adjust to how Matt wants them to play. 

“He has a different style and philosophy than to what John Kear had. 

“I think we are a lot better equipped now compared to this time last year as we haven’t had to go through all the new systems. 

“Everyone is settled into the systems now so we just picked up from where we left off.”

The Bulldogs assistant is not expecting an easy afternoon when Batley travel to take on a Rochdale side who finished ninth in last year’s campaign. 

Maun reckons the Hornets will be a difficult first test for the Bulldogs on Sunday after recruiting well in the off-season. 

He added: “They are tough at home, they are a tough side and they have some good players in their team.

“They have got Dave Allen, the Adamson brothers who played for the Rams last year and David Yates at half-back.

“So we need to be on our game to get a result.

“We need to have a good attitude as I heard the conditions could be bad, as long as we play our game then we will be up there come the end of the 80 minutes.”

Batley will be without Joe Chandler due to concussion as well as Sam Smeaton and Brad Day who are also nursing injuries.

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