Bulldogs' Black 'We're capable of big things'

Bulldogs newboy Ben Black believes his side can overcome the Championship’s best and achieve glory in 2012.
The Australian halfback joined the Mount Pleasant outfit in September after being released by former Batley boss Karl Harrison at Halifax.
Black has effectively swapped shirts with last season’s Player of the Year Paul Handforth, who followed Harrison to The Shay following Batley’s playoff exit, and claims he’s feeling at home already.
He told Press Sport: “It’s been a fantastic first month here. The club have made me very welcome and I feel as though I’ve been here for years.
“I’m very excited about the new season. We have some fantastic people on the coaching staff and we all want to have a successful season.
“I know it’s a cliché but I really do think this club can do big things in 2012.
“Mount Pleasant was always an intimidating place to come as an opponent and we’ll be looking to make it into a fortress next season.
“I think I was in my comfort zone at Halifax and with John Kear alongside me, I believe I can produce my best rugby again.”
With the Championship fixtures due to be released next week, Black admits he is looking forward to locking horns with his previous employers.
Batley will meet Halifax at least twice next season and the 30yearold says his number one goal for the campaign, is to overcome the Calderdale club.
“It will mean a lot to me when we face Halifax.
“Beating them is my number one goal for the season,” claimed the former West Tigers player.
“It was an upsetting way to leave the club but a number of players got released and I happened to be one of them.
“Karl Harrison had an idea of what he wanted for next season and I just wasn’t a part of his plans.
“There is very little difference between Batley and Halifax other than the name, in my opinion.
“Halifax is the bigger club but that will mean nothing when the season starts.
“People say that Halifax and Featherstone are the only contenders in the competition, but under John and with the way training has been going over the past month, I am confident that we can challenge for the title and the Northern Rail Cup next season.”
Pressure is something Batley are going to have to cope with as of Boxing Day.
An eyecatching recruitment period, both on and off the field, has increased expectations from the Batley fans.
But Black is confident of making a name for himself on the terraces.
He added: “I’ve been brought in to do a job and John and the board  have put their faith in me leading this side around the park.
“I really want to make a name for myself at Mount Pleasant and I fully intend to win some silverware as a Batley Bulldogs player.”

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