BUOYANT Batley are not in “bad nick” after all, claims coach John Kear.
The Bulldogs ended their four-match losing run with an encouraging 32-16 success at home to Halifax and are keen to maintain their momentum as they make the journey to bottom-of-the-table Workington Town on Sunday.
The victory saw Batley move ahead of Fax into fifth spot, just a point outside the top four.
Kear, who was on hand to see Sunday’s Cumbrian opponents beat full-timers Sheffield last weekend, is still wary of the threat they could potentially pose.
The departing head coach was pleased with the Bulldogs’ performance against Halifax and said: “I was absolutely delighted with what the players served up.
“They prepared very, very well, were focused and intense in all the training drills, I could feel their concentration in team meetings so was confident they’d play well.
“People have been questioning these fellas as we lost four in the league. But in between they beat Featherstone at home in the Challenge Cup and put in a great performance against Catalans Dragons so we’re not in bad nick and that Halifax win demonstrated that.”
This week the Bulldogs announced that props James Brown and Alex Rowe have signed new deals until the end of the 2018 season, despite the pair attracting interest from other clubs.
Brown joined the Bulldogs in 2015 from Swinton while Rowe has previously had stints at Castleford, Sheffield and Doncaster.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have sought a second opinion on Brad Day’s thumb injury and provided a scan is satisfactory he could return at the end of May or the beginning of June.