BATLEY BULLDOGS have strengthened in preparation for 2017 with the addition of Joel Farrell and Macauley Hallett.
Farrell has made a notable switch to Mount Pleasant from arch-rivals Dewsbury Rams, while Hallett arrives from fellow Championship side Swinton Lions.
Jamaican international Farrell featured 20 times for the Rams in 2016 and crossed for four tries. In total the back-rower played 54 games and scored 17 tries in his three years at the Tetley’s Stadium.
Hallett is a 20-year-old centre and was a pivotal part of John Duffy’s Lions side which avoided relegation in 2016 following promotion to the Championship the previous season.
Hallett began his career in Super League with Hull KR, making two appearances and scoring three tries.
The duo are the first players to arrive at Batley following Kear’s departure.
New head coach Matt Diskin remains on gardening leave at Bradford Bulls and won’t officially take over at the Mount until
Elsewhere, the Bulldogs are delighted to announce that their annual fundraising event, the Pink Weekend, has surpassed the £30,000 total in its first three years.
The event takes place in August and raises money for various breast cancer charities.
It was the brainchild of chairman Kevin Nicholas and his wife Beverley, who suffered from the illness.
Nicholas said: “This is a fantastic achievement by the fans.
“Compared to some clubs we have a small fanbase, but they have certainly dug deep to raise this amount of money.
“We would like to thank everyone who has donated money over the last three years.”
The 2016 installment of the Pink Weekend topped £9,400 when all the money was counted.