Batley Bulldogs have continued to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2018 campaign with the signing of Lewis Galbraith from Rochdale Hornets.
The 22-year-old centre had initially agreed to stay at Rochdale for the coming season but left the Hornets after the club sought to cut player wages due to financial troubles.
Galbraith scored seven tries in 28 appearances for the Lancashire outfit last year and Bulldogs boss Matt Diskin is delighted to have added the centre to his squad.
“Lewis is very, very quick and elusive, and good on his feet,” said Diskin.
“He is a young, talented kid, who we are excited to add to the real talented centres we have already got.
“We have got three quality centres that many of the Championship clubs would snap their right arm off for.
“Now we are adding a real quality player into that, it provides some healthy competition, everybody knows where they stand – that if they train hard they will be selected.
“We have good some real good depth in and around the squad and we are really excited to get going, the players know they will have to perform as they always will have somebody snapping on their heels for selection.”
Diskin wants his side to focus on “fine-tuning” their training techniques when they host Wakefield Trinity on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s clash will be the second of four pre-season friendlies for the Bulldogs, who kick off their league campaign against Rochdale on February 4.
However, Diskin believes that it will be a severely depleted Wakefield side that his team will face at the weekend.
He added: “I’m not too interested in what squad Wakefield will bring, I am under no illusions about what squad it will be, it will most likely be their academy lads.
“For us, the focus is on the stuff we have been doing in training, putting it into practice and fine-tuning everything.
“It was good to blow some cobwebs off in the Boxing Day game, it wasn’t the best quality, there were plenty of errors and penalties and that happens in your first few pre-season games.
“We want to make sure we are ready for the first game of the competition, whatever team Wakefield put out, we will be focusing on ourselves.
“I am more than happy with where we are at the moment. We have some real quality and depth throughout the squad.”