Bulldogs eye partner

BATLEY BULLDOGS coach Matt Diskin says that the club are exploring the possibility of a dual registration partnership next season.

They are close to completing their squad for next year, but could supplement the team from week-to-week using the dual reg system.

“We’re exploring (dual reg) at the moment and making some headway, and we’ll see where that goes,” he said. “It’s not a priority, but it’s one that could benefit us if we get the right partner.

“There’s quite a few Super League clubs in the area, so we’re looking for the best partnership for both parties, and that’s the key bit. Historically it’s only ever worked for the senior partner, and we don’t want to go into a partnership if that’s the case.

“We want it to be beneficial to both and that’s the key, and if it’s not then we won’t have a dual reg with anybody.”

Leeds Rhinos have a strong link with Featherstone Rovers, while Castleford Tigers were partnered with Halifax last season.

Huddersfield Giants had no official partner last season after three years with Oldham, and Batley have already benefitted from the relationship with their Kirklees neighbours with the season-long loan of Sam Wood.

They are also looking to sign a player released from the Giants at the end of the season, with prop Tyler Dickinson a target for Diskin.

He said: “He’s one that we’re trying to get done. There’s obviously a lot of competition, given the quality of the player.

“The problem we’ve got is that the competition have bigger bank balances, so to get him over the line would be a really tough task. But he’s one of a couple that we’re looking at, and we’ll have at least one of them done in the next couple of days hope- fully.”

The Bulldogs are also looking at potential amateur players who could join the squad next season.

“There are four lads from the amateur game that are trialling with us, and they’ve got some good pedigree and the potential to kick on,” said Diskin.

The squad is up to 23 players after the signing of Rochdale prop Joe Taira last week, and the coach is excited by his arrival.

“He offers some really aggressive go- forward. He’s a really good addition and adds some more quality to our middles,” he said.

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