Diskin’s men embark on French expedition

BATLEY BULLDOGS chief Matt Diskin admits he is concerned about the logistical challenge involved in his side’s first outing of the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship away at Toulouse tomorrow (3pm).

Diskin’s men fly out to southern France today and the former Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls star, said: “You look at the full-time teams in Super League and everyone struggles to go to France just because of the logistics of it.

“That is magnified with the part-time blokes. We have to control the feeling of a jolly away with the boys. We are there to do business and we know it is going to be tough.

“You look at the result they had against Catalans (in pre-season) and they have some fantastic players and we are going to have to handle the issue of travel, which is all new to these boys.

“We are going to have some whole new preparation all in one weekend, but it is a challenge we are up to.”

But the Bulldogs couldn’t be in better form after a pre-season which saw them win all three of their outings against Dewsbury, Keighley and Castleford.

Diskin added: “It’s always nice to go into a new season with some confidence, we have slowly improved with each game and I’m really pleased.

“We have got a fantastic squad and it will be a tough job selecting the team.

“Some of the so-called fringe players, who people didn’t know much about, you can see the quality they have in the matches they’ve played and we have got plenty of depth.”

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