IT HAS been confirmed that Keegan Hirst will continue as captain of Batley Bulldogs throughout 2016.
And head coach John Kear admits the decision was an easy one.
“Keegan was arguably our best player last year and he proved himself as a great leader,” said Kear.
“He was joint captain last year but was excellent in the role and now he will be there leading the players on the pitch to much greater things in 2016.”
In other newa at Mount Pleasant, new loanee signing Chris Ulugia is in New Zealand with his family recuperating from a shoulder injury.
This comes a week after Batley were declined a visa by the RFL, which meant they could not sign the centre on permanent deal, with Ulugia remaining on the books at Bradford Bulls.
“It was disappointing that we couldn’t bring Ulugia to Batley on a permanent deal,” said Kear.
“We thought we had done enough to be granted a visa but it wasn’t to be.
“However I would like to thank Bradford for their support and allowing us to sign Chris on another loan deal which states he can’t be recalled throughout next year and can also play against Bradford when the sides meet.”
Meanwhile new club ‘ambassador’ Danny Maun has been keeping busy in the build-up to Christmas.
Former Batley fans’ favourite Maun has been picking up tips from high-profile figures at Leeds Rhinos this week in order to come up with new ideas on how to make Batley more profitable, through new sponsors and by also improving the matchday experience for fans.
New sponsors so far include Zucchini’s Restaurant, Birstall’s Priestley’s Bar, Projex Solutions of Brighouse and Danny Thomas’ T3 Wellbeing Centre on Bradford Road.