FORMER BULLDOGS half-back Ben Black will return to Batley next January when he brings his Wagga Brothers team to Mount Pleasant for a pre-season trial.
Black is the coach of the Group Nine Premiership club back in Australia, and will come in a bid to form an exchange with an English team.
As part of the Brothers’ tour they will take on the Bulldogs, as well as possibly going up against up against another of Black’s former teams, Halifax.
Wagga president Riley Mullins is excited at the possibility of forming a partnership. “It’s a reward for our players but we’ve also got our eye on an exchange thing if possible,” he said.
“It might be where they have a look at some of our good players and see if they want to have a year over there, as well as the shoe on the other foot.”
Batley will provide Brothers with accommodation while on the trip and Black said it’s all been approved and ready to go.
“It’s a good opportunity to test ourselves and for some blokes, maybe get a spot over there,” he added.
The Australian started at Wests Tigers before joining Halifax. He then spent two seasons at the Mount before heading back down under.