MATT DISKIN says he is “relaxed” over his future at Batley Bulldogs and expects to have discussions with the club over a new deal in the coming weeks.
Batley beat rivals Dewsbury 16-10 last weekend to confirm their Championship status for another year.
With that now secured the Bulldogs will be looking to lock down some of their key assets – and that includes their head coach.
Diskin took over the job from John Kear ahead of the 2017 season, signing a three-year contract which expires at the end of the current campaign.
In his seasons at the helm, Batley have finished in sixth place in the Championship table in 2017 and seventh in 2018, and are currently in ninth place with three matches of the current campaign left to play.
Diskin admits that he is “coaching for a contract” in the final weeks of the season but expects talks over a new deal in the next few weeks.
“We’ve had no real discussions,” he said. “I’m pretty relaxed about it, the club’s pretty relaxed about it, so I’m sure we’ll have some discussions in the next couple of weeks.”
Diskin says that the Heavy Woollen derby win “takes a bit of pressure off” his side with Championship survival in the bag, but still wants to ensure that the club finish as high as possible. They are ahead of Swinton Lions on points difference and two behind eighth-placed Halifax.
“We’re still fighting for that place above in the league, because with the budget that makes a massive difference between having two quality players and not,” he said.
The final few matches of the season will see players trying to impress for a new contract, but Diskin also revealed that two youngsters who have been training with the club this season will be given the chance to experience Championship rugby before the end of the season.
Dewsbury Moor hooker Archie Bruce and Dewsbury Celtic half-back George Senior have been on development programmes with the Bulldogs this season with the aim of earning a contract, and both will get a game in the coming weeks.
“We’ve recently signed young Archie Bruce and George Senior on trialist forms so they’ll get at least one game apiece before the end of the year,” said Diskin.
“They’ve always been part of our development plan to come in next year so if we can give them a game and give them a taste of what the Championship is about before the end of the year, we’ll certainly do that.”
The Batley head coach was a happy man after their derby triumph last Sunday but says that his side should have put more points on the board in an error-strewn game.
“Both teams made a lot of errors,” he reflected. “The only encouraging thing about our errors, we’re making a lot week-to-week but we made ours in their 20-metre area while Dewsbury made them at their end, so that was in our favour.
“I thought we were really dominant and it would have been nice to have a few more points on the board to put it to bed.
“We knew that Dewsbury’s left edge looked vulnerable and we missed a couple of opportunities in the first half, and in the second half we got some results against them. They learn quick and they did in the second half with two quality tries.”
Tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 7pm UK time) Batley face Toulouse Olympique, who currently sit in second place in the league table, in France.
It’s a free hit for the Bulldogs against a promotion-chasing side who picked up a 38-12 win at Mount Pleasant in the reverse fixture back in March, but Diskin still wants to see his side produce a good performance.
“It’s a tough place to go, (particularly) at this time of year with the heat, there’s the logistics of when to train and how to train, so we’re going to go in a relaxed manner but put in a good showing of ourselves hopefully,” he said.