Bulldogs stars rewarded with new contracts

Bulldogs stars rewarded with new contracts

BATLEY BULLDOGS chairman Kevin Nicholas has revealed that 21 players have re-signed for the club and announced they have spent a lot of the club’s extra revenue on rewarding the 2016 squad with improved contracts.

Following on from Batley’s exploits in this year’s Super 8s Qualifiers the Bulldogs have received an unprecedented financial boost – reported to be around £550,000 – and he is determined to make sure the club benefit both on and off the pitch.

“Quite often after having a good season a lot of your better players get picked up by other clubs, but I was determined to make sure that didn’t happen this year,” said Nicholas.

“I’m very pleased that, along with Matt Diskin, we have managed to tie down 21 players so far in what has proved to be a very strong squad this year.

“I felt it was important that we gave Matt the best possible start to his reign has head coach at Batley by giving him a good squad to work with, so I have rewarded the players that have worked so hard for the club over the last 12 months.

“It’s great that so many players want to stay with us. I know we’ve lost Keegan Hirst who was a brilliant player for us but I’m very optimistic that we will be replacing him with someone who will excite the fans.”

Following the departure of experienced coach John Kear, who delivered plenty of success to Mount Pleasant during his five-year tenure, Nicholas is urging fans not to put too much pressure on new boss

Matt Diskin.

He added: “Matt is taking on his first role as a head coach of a senior team and lacks the experience of Kear so it’s important we don’t expect too much.

“Teams this year will not be taking us lightly and will be upping their game, but we’ve held on to key players and will be announcing more contract extensions soon so we’re remaining optimistic that we will be pushing for a top four spot again next season.

“We’ll certainly be looking to run a bigger squad to cover for injuries and fatigue.

“But we’ll also be improving the ground where possible to improve the spectator experience. The fans are pivotal to our success as well so we will be calling on them to help as much as we can throughout the year.”

Nicholas has vowed to run the club the same way as previous seasons, with money-raising schemes taking place throughout the year, but for now everyone associated with the club are taking a break and enjoying their achievements over the last 12 months.

The Bulldogs return to training at the end of October in preparation for their first pre-season friendly against Dewsbury on Boxing Day.

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