BATLEY BULLDOGS coach John Kear is left to reflect on a season which could have been so spectacular yet almost ended in disaster.
Batley finished fifth, just four points above relegated Hunslet, but Kear believes the Bulldogs’ campaign was not as bad as it appears on paper.
“We lost 13 games by 12 points or less, so we competed all season,” he said.
“We were unlucky in a lot of games, in others we deserved to lose, but looking at the season as a whole I feel we deserved better than to finish outside of the play-offs.”
In a bid to right the wrongs of 2015, Kear hasn’t wasted time signing new recruits.
The Bulldogs’ latest addition is David Scott. Scott, who can play on the wing or at full-back, featured 28 times for Doncaster this year, scoring twice in the process.
Other than his pace and strength down the wing, Scott is also good with the boot, having kicked 89 goals for Doncaster in his three years at the club.
“We’re delighted to have him on board,” said Kear.
“He’s a great talent and he’s been proving that at Doncaster, in my opinion he was their best player and we hope he can continue that form with us. His goal-kicking capabilities are also something that definitely appealed to us.”
Scott is also a Scottish international, earning himself two caps at the 2013 World Cup.
Despite coming up short in 2015 Batley still have a solid squad, with many players’ efforts being acknowledged at the Bulldogs’ end-of-season presentation evening.
Prop James Brown was the big winner, being named supporters’ player of the year, coaches’ player of the year and players’ player of the year.
Alex Rowe was awarded the man of steel and most man of the match honours, while the inaugural winner of the Jack Tindall Trophy was Wayne Reittie. “I’d like to congratulate the boys on their respective awards and I just hope they can perform at such a high level next season as well,” added Kear.