BATLEY BULLDOGS have continued to strengthen this week ahead of the 2016 Championship campaign by capturing the signatures of Danny Cowling and James Harrison.
Kear has signed Danny Cowling for the second time in his managerial career, on this occasion from Doncaster.
Cowling, who plays at centre, made 13 appearances last season, scoring two tries and has previously played for Featherstone and Wakefield.
James Harrison is a product of the Bradford Bulls and Kear is delighted to have added two talented, young, players to his squad at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
“With the lack of an academy at Batley it is vital that at this time of year we trawl for young prospects and Harrison ticked the bill on every level,” said Kear.
“I think Harrison is a very talented player, he reminds me a lot of Brad Day.
“It’s a shame we don’t have our own academy which would take a bit of the pressure off, but I know I haven’t missed out on much now Harrison has signed.
“Cowling is also a welcome addition to the squad, I have always rated him even when he was just 16 and I signed him at Wakefield.
“His signing just proved we are working hard to strengthen at centre because we were caught out slightly there last season season due to a string of injuries.
“Cowling was definitely one of our top targets and I can’t wait to see him and Harrison in action for Batley,” added Kear.
Centre is a position that proved such a sticking point for the Bulldogs last year that Kear admits he has one more top target at centre who he hopes to unveil in the near future.
But as well as bringing players in to strengthen the squad, Alex Bretherton’s decision to stay at Mount Pleasant has also been a welcome boost to Kear this week.
“Alex (Bretherton) has been at the club longer than I have and during my time here I can confidently say he is a brilliant rugby league player and a honour to work with,” said Kear.
“I was concerned that he was going to retire, but his decision to play-on for another year has been a huge boost to the team because the absence of his talent and experience would have left me with a huge void to fill.”