Diskin to succeed Kear at the Mount

MATT DISKIN has been named as the next head coach of Batley Bulldogs and will take charge at Mount Pleasant at the end of the year.

The 34-year-old former Leeds Rhinos star has signed a three-year deal with the part-time Championship outfit and says it was “too good an opportunity to miss”.

Former Dewsbury Celtic coach Diskin is currently in charge of Bradford Bulls Under-19s and has taken temporary charge of Bulls’ first team following the departure of James Lowes at Odsal this week.

The former hooker will then fill the void left behind by John Kear, who is joining Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, in October this year in time for a full pre-season ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Diskin was one of five coaches on the shortlist and, according to the club, excelled in his interview in order to clinch the first head coaching role of his career.

And Bulldogs’ chief executive Paul Harrison is delighted with the club’s decision.

“It has been an exceedingly difficult task for the board assisted by John Kear and myself,” said Harrison.

“The candidates were all exceptional in interview and difficult to separate but after much soul-searching and sleepless nights we now think we have a new coach who will be great for our club and is ambitious for himself as well.

“It will be a good fit when he starts in October and I am personally looking forward to working with him.

“He was a quality player who has been under the guidance of exceptional coaches throughout his career and is a very determined character.”

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