Busted' Bulldogs vow to fight on

Batley boss Karl Harrison believes the next three three weeks could decide his injuryhit side’s season.
Harrison claimed that for the last month players have been appearing “without any right to”, due to injury.
After last season’s Northern Rail Cup heroics this season could see the Bulldogs’ biggest success to date but the question marks surrounding the size of Harrison’s squad could resurface if success doesn’t come.
Harrison said: “We’ve been in the top three all season and we intend to stay there.
“Obviously this is going to be a tough few weeks for us.
“We’ve got a pretty busted squad at the minute and we face three top teams in quick succession.
“I’m confident of us staying in a playoff place and as long as we get the players peaking, in terms of their fitness, by the end of the season, then we’ll be in good shape.”
Harrison refused to comment on where exactly the injury issues are within the squad, but at this stage of the season few coaches would.
“Let’s just say that there are a few guys that shouldn’t be playing,” added Harrison.
“We’ve got a pretty small squad but we are a very resolute bunch. We went through a bad patch with injuries at the start of the season, we got through that and we’ll get through this.”
Harrison made his views on the lack of opportunity for British coaches quite clear on TV recently, but the former Salford boss claims he isn’t interested in the head coach’s position at Castleford.
He claimed: “It’s the first I’ve heard of me being linked with the Castleford job!”
Meanwhile, last week The Press revealed that Batley threequarter Alex Brown was on the verge of a switch to rugby union with Sale Sharks.
The club have now confirmed that he will leave at the end of the current season, but Harrison says he will not be rushed into looking for a replacement.
“We will have a look around but I was really impressed with Daley Williams last time out so there is no need to rush,” he said.
“It’s a big ask for Alex, he’s never played rugby union before. He’s a good athlete and it’s now down to whether or not he can adapt to the game.”
Next up for the Bulldogs is a difficult trip to the Stobart Stadium to face playoff chasing Widnes Vikings next Sunday.

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