NEW BATLEY signing Jack Downs says that he is looking to put his “best foot forward” for the Bulldogs next season.
The 23-year-old, who plays predominantly as a second-rower, has made the move from home-town club Hull FC for the 2019 season.
He says that joining the Bulldogs represents “a new challenge” for him, and he’s looking forward to making an impact on the team.
“I’m just looking to put my best foot forward,” he said. “I’m looking to work hard for the team, and work with the goals that everyone’s got moving forward and play my part in that.”
Downs made his Super League debut back in 2015 and captained Hull’s reserve outfit in 2016 and 2017, but has spent time in each of the last two seasons with the Black and Whites’ dual-reg partners Doncaster in League One.
He’s made 20 Super League appearances in total and while he admits that he would like to return to that level in the future, he also acknowledges that the Championship will be tough.
“I think every player will say the same thing, that they want to play at the highest level that they possibly can, so having experienced Super League it would be brilliant to get back to that level,” he said.
“But the Championship is no easy league. You’ve seen that from the Super 8s, so I think it’s going to be a real challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”
The forward says that he has been impressed by the other signings that Batley have made over the autumn, particularly
in the pack.
“Speaking to a few of the boys that have been there previously, they’ve all mentioned that the signings that have been made are all looking to put us in good stead,” he said.
“Some of the forward signings they’ve made, Tyler Dickinson, Joe Taira and Toby Everett, there are some big boys there who have got a lot of Championship and Super League experience, so hopefully it can all fit together nicely and we can string together some good performances next year.”
Downs also had praise for head coach Matt Diskin, who he says convinced him to make the move to the Bulldogs.
He said: “I’d sat down with Disko previously, just to have a little chat about what he saw for the club moving forward, and I just thought he spoke really highly of all the players, and the aspirations of what he wants from his team moving forward.
“That’s something that really attracted me and what I want to be a part of moving forward. So I think it was a no-brainer when he sat down with me and said what he did.”