BATLEY BULLDOGS’ recruitment for 2017 is well underway following the arrival of three promising forwards.
The Mount Pleasant side were quick to land the signature of Featherstone Rovers youngster Brad Hill.
Incoming Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin is well aware of Hill’s ability having coached him at Bradford Bulls.
Trae O’Sullivan is another new arrival from League One side Coventry Bears.
The powerful forward is a Leeds Rhinos Academy graduate and is relishing the opportunity to test himself in the Championship next year.
The Bulldogs’ third signing of the week was utility forward Danny Bravo, who also began his professional career with Leeds.
Bravo has travelled the world in pursuit of a career at the top of rugby league, but a severe knee injury during a spell in Australia hampered the Jamaican international’s progress.
Since returning to the UK Bravo has played for NCL side Underbank, but Diskin is confident the new signing will rediscover the form he showed at Leeds Rhinos.
Following on from a successful dual reg deal with Super League side Castleford in 2016, Tigers coach Daryl Powell has allowed half-back Tom Holmes and forward Will Maher to join Batley in 2017 as part of the continued agreement between the clubs.
Batley have now signed five new players in total for 2017 and Diskin’s new squad is beginning to take shape.
Mikey Hayward (pictured left), who joined Batley towards the end of last season, has penned a new deal at Mount Pleasant.
The full-back or winger had previously played rugby union in Italy and was also named BARLA International player of the year following a stint with amateur side Lock Lane.
Behind the scenes at Batley director Paul Hull has resigned from his post.
Hull spent over a decade with the Bulldogs but wanted to commit more time to his family.
Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas said: “We’d like to thank Paul for the contribution he’s made to the development of the club over the past decade.
“The board commit an incredible amount of time and effort to the club and much of the work goes unseen.
“Paul (Hull) has been a key part of the growth of the club during his time on the board and we are all sad to see him leave, but fully understand his reasons.
“Paul’s wife Dawn has also been a great help on match days in particular over recent seasons and both will be missed at the club.”
Elsewhere Batley full-back Dave Scott has been selected to represent Scotland in the upcoming Four Nations tournament.
He was named Scotland’s player of the year in 2015 and made 33 appearances for Batley this year.