WITH PLAY-OFF action right around the corner Mount Pleasant chief John Kear is adamant is Batley Bulldogs can win the grand final.
The Bulldogs kick off their play-off campaign at home to eighth-placed finishers Workington Town on Sunday, where victory would move Kear's men to within two games of a shot at Kingstone Press Championship glory.
“Everyone is extremely focused and this is a time to be excited about Batley Bulldogs,” said the former Super League head coach.
“I very much believe we are capable of achieving something extremely special here, but we wont be looking past Workington.
“We certainly don’t want our season to end in tears, we have come far too far and worked far too hard for it to end at this stage.
“They will come to Batley hoping to cause a major upset and we have to ensure they do not get their wish.
“We might have finished above them on the ladder but that counts for very little at this stage.”
Meanwhile, the club have announced the re-signings of Alistair Leak and Jay Leary for 2014.
Cumbrian-born hooker Leak has impressed since signing from National Conference League side Egremont Rangers last month.
Leary, meanwhile, has proved a key figure while providing added depth up front. The pair have this week put pen to paper on new one-year deals.
“Alistair remains a work in progress, but he certainly has talent and we were always looking to keep him for next year,” claimed Kear.
“He has done a good job for us in the short space of time he has been here and I fully believe he has a bright future in the game.
“Jay has been solid up front and he has worked hard to earn a place in the side.”