Diskin excited by Campbell addition

Diskin excited by Campbell addition

Batley boss Matt Diskin believes that his side now have one of the best backlines in the Championship after the signing of Johnny Campbell.

Campbell – a firm fan favourite at Mount Pleasant – made over 100 appearances for Batley before moving to Bradford Bulls in 2015. 

The utility back returned to the Bulldogs this week and Diskin feels he is an excellent addition to the squad. 

“Johnny is a fantastic player, he is very dynamic and very quick,” said Diskin. 

“He will add some competition to what I think is already a great backline with the likes of Wayne Reittie, Dave Scott and Shaun Ainscough.

“When you add Johnny Campbell into that mix, outside the full-time teams that is the best backline in the competition.”

Michael Ward has also penned a deal with Batley, joining from Oldham Roughyeds. 

Diskin feels that Ward will give his side some much-needed depth and a bit of impact from the bench. 

He said: “Michael Ward offers a dynamic aspect off the bench for us, he is similar to Tom Lillycrop with how explosive he is. 

“We have missed Tom when he hasn’t played and he has been one of our best front-rowers this year, so hopefully Michael can offer us that bit of depth and impact from the bench. 

“We have got a couple more signings lined up but we are only looking at four to five new players in total.

“There are areas of the squad we need to address, we need more competition in the halves. If Patch Walker or Dom Brambani get injured we don’t have many options there.”

Diskin was disappointed with the end to Batley’s season as his side crashed out of the Championship Shield after defeat to Sheffield Eagles. 

The Bulldogs boss admitted it has been an average season for his team after they failed to make the Shield final. 

He added: “The season has been average, we set an ambitious goal of making the top four and then we strived to make the Shield final and we fell short of both.

“It is very disappointing but we have made some good strides forward in certain areas and that sets us up well for next year.”

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