Kear pleased with recruits

BATLEY BULLDOGS boss John Kear has been delighted with the performances of his new signings and believes his side’s four-game losing streak in the Championship will end quickly.

Batley haven’t won since they edged past Whitehaven on March 28 at Mount Pleasant.

That win took Kear’s men to the top of the Championship, but their defeat to big-spenders Leigh last weekend saw the Bulldogs slip outside the top four places and eight points behind the Centurions.

Injuries have had a big say in Batley’s slump in form, forcing Kear to bring in reinforcements.

New recruits Greg Minikin, Callum Casey and Dave Petersen all featured for the Bulldogs, who looked set to do the double over Leigh before eventually succumbing to a 37-30 defeat.

“It was a good performance from us and I feel we deserved to get something out of the game,” said Kear.

“We came back and took the lead with just a few minutes left but it wasn’t to be in the end.

“I was delighted with the new guys though they’ve all settled into the team really well.

“Minikin (on a dual-reg deal from Castleford Tigers) I thought was brilliant and he provides me with a great alternative and some strength in depth as well.

“I know we’ve lost four on the bounce in the league now, but other than our defeat to London when they completely out-played us, I feel we deserved something from the others.

“We’ve played well in most games but a bit of defensive frailty has cost us, we’ll just keep working hard.

“I’m always confident we’ll win, we always prepare well and never underestimate anyone so I’m sure we’ll grab another victory soon.”

The Bulldogs’ next outing in the Championship is at home to Richard Marshall’s Halifax.

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