Batley boss Matt Diskin believes that his side must improve defensively heading into 2018 Kingstone Press Championship season.
Diskin has faith that his team can produce quality performances against all teams in the division, but says that consistency is vital if they are to achieve their goal of becoming the most competitive part-time team.
“Defensively we have got to make some improvements, we have got to perform more consistently,” said Diskin.
“Last year we had some very very poor defensive displays but we also had some very good ones.
“It has taken a while for some of the players to adjust to the new systems we put in place and it is only now we are starting to get there.
“We have started pre-season well, we know we can score points and we can probably score even more this year, it is our defence that we need to improve.”
“We want to play attractive free-flowing rugby and we will continue to strive for that.
“We want to be the most competitive part-time team in the competition and that is something we will aim for every year.”
Diskin feels that the quality of the Championship has drastically improved over the past three seasons, making it a tougher division for the likes of Batley who are on a smaller budget than most.
He added: “The Championship over the last three years has just got stronger year on year.
“When you look at it this year you have four full-time teams in there, along with two part-time teams who spend three to four times the amount of everybody else.
“It is a tough task for anybody falling out of the six teams with the biggest budgets.
“I think we are capable of achieving good things, if we hit the ground running and get a bit of a roll on and build some confidence we will be in a good position come the end of the year.”
The former Leeds Rhinos star has been pleased with the club’s recruitment this year and feels he has added the right amount of experience to his squad.
He said: “The lads we had on the fringe last year were our young, talented players and they need games under their belt to make the step up.
“I do believe that the players we brought in last year have the ability, they just need to get games at another Championship or League 1 club.
“We have replaced the inexperience with some real quality, we now have some well-rounded Championship players that add depth and competition.
“We have brought in players who will add value to our squad, if one player misses out the next one can come in and we know he will be reliable.”