Kear looking for improvements

BATLEY BULLDOGS welcome Sheffield Eagles to Mount Pleasant in round three of the new Championship season knowing improvements will have to made if they are to beat Mark Aston’s full-time team.

With a win already under their belts, having played two sides with top four aspirations, perfectionist John Kear believes his side can do much better.

And he thinks this weekend Batley fans can expect to see a side fulfilling its potential. “We obviously can’t be too downbeat about losing by two points away against a side as good as Featherstone but it doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of areas where we can still improve,” said Kear. “I thought we lacked composure at times last weekend and our kicking game wasn’t at its best.

“I feel overall we were only playing at 85 per cent but that needs to be up at 100 per cent every week.”

Despite only being two games into a long Championship campaign Kear’s squad has already been hit with a number of injury setbacks.

Second rower Sam Scott, who picked up an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Leigh, has been ruled out for up to six months.

Hooker James Davey will also be missing this weekend with a hamstring tear, as will Shaun Squires who was stretchered off against Featherstone with a knee injury.

The centre is awaiting a scan so the extent of the problem is not yet known.

These injuries, along with long-term absentee Sean Hesketh, means that Kear is without five of his 26-man squad.

“We’ve recruited well and we have strength in depth now which was our aim so that injuries wouldn’t affect us as much this year,” said Kear.

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